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Mt Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 4, 1887. No, 1. 

Vol. 25, Old Se?i9i 


H. B, BUUMBAUGH, Editok, 

And Basineas Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

Agents wanted for the Gnhloi. Dawn and the 
Young Disciple. Samples and outfit sent on appli- 

Bro. Quinter has returned home, and reports a 
pleasant meeting with the Brethren in Mechan- 

Bro. D. C. Moomaav sends in good news, and 
wants the Messenger to proclaim the tidings that 
sinners are fleeing to Christ for refuge. Gladly we 
send forth the good news. 

Eld. S. R. Zug gives a favorable report of their 
church for the year. "We are glad to notice that 
the missionary leaven is at work. May it continue 
to work till the whole lump is leavened. 

We have sent out several hundred sample copies 
of the Golden Dawn in answer to requests made for 
it, and hope that they may bring in a good return. 
Every family would be made better by reading it. 
Send us .'$1.00, and try it a year. 

The biennial 3tfitcment of the fin?.?3cial condi- 
tion of the Normal College has been sent to all 
stockholders. If any should fail to receive one, 
they will be supplied, by addressing the Treasur- 
er, W. J. Swigart, Huntingdon, Fa. 

We have just completed a very One lot of church 
membership certificates, put up in books with 
suitable stubs; sent post-paid at .50 cents. We 
have also a magnificent lot of marriage certificates, 
ranging in prices from 25 cents up to .'$1.00. Send 
for them. 

We call special attention to a paper headed, "Our 
Children," by Geo. L. Kenepp, in this issue, as 
it strikes at the foundation truths of both church 
and State. There is nothing that demands our 
careful and prayerful consideration more than the 
moral and religious good of our children. 

If you want good and cheap Family and Pocket 
Bibles, or desirable books for Christmas and JSTew 
Year presents, you cannot do better than order 
through us. We can get for you anything in the 
book market at publishers' prices. A price list 
will be sent on application. 

Our esteemed brother, S. IsT. McCann, is laboring 
for the Upper Middleton Valley church, Md. Bro. 
M. Grossnickle says he is an able speaker, as is man- 
ifested by the attendance and interest. We are glad 
to learn that Bro. McCann is in the field, as tl)e 
church greatly needs more evangelists to push the 
good work forward. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler, on his return from Somer- 
set, Pa., gave us a short call. We learn that his 
meetings there were quite a success, some four- 
teen being added to the church. He next goes to 
Covington, Ohio. Bro. Mohler has been engaged 
in continued evangelistic work since some time in 
August, and since then, up to the present, he has 
been at his home only a few hours. Had we sev- 
eral hundred such workers, what a great work 
would be accomplished! To spend and be spent 
for the church is meeting the great end of life. 
How little should be our concern outside of this! 

Bro. J. H. Beer, of Ptockton, Pa., informs us 
that a lady from Minnesota came into their neigh- 
borhood on a visit, and while there united with 
the church. Since then she has returned to her 
home, and it is desired, on the part of the PtOckton 
Brethren, that ministers and members living near, 
or traveling that way, will visit her. Her name 
and address are as follows: Louisa Heath, Mili- 
ville, Wabashaw Co., Minn. 

We, of late, have received a large number of 
calls for sample copies of the Golden Dawn, and 
our hope is that those receiving it will be so well 
pleased that they will not only subscribe them- 
selves, but will also get others to subscribe. We 
appeal especially to our young folks, and sucli as 
are interested in good and safe literary and relig- 
ious reading for their families. It is very cheap; 
32 pages and cover for only .$1.00 a year. Enclose 
a one dollar bill at our risk. 

Fathers and mothers, you who have children 
in your homes, see that they are supplied with 
such reading as will familiarize them with the 
church. The Yonng Disciple is published weekly 
for only 50 cents a year, and it is especially adapt- 
ed to their understanding and for their religious 
instruction. Get it for them while young, and 
have them grow up with it, and we feel sur" Ihnt 
it will give them a respect and love for the church 
that they will not otherwise get. We sometimes 
hear parents complain that their children seem to 
have no regard for the church. Examine such 
homes, and, as a rule, none of the church papers 
are to be found, and but very little religious teach- 
ing of any kind. Xo wonder that such children 
do not care for the church. When parents don't 
care, why should the children y 


Could you have looked into the room called'the 
editorial sanctum, you would have seen the editor 
with both elbows resting on his table, and his 
head resting on his hands, his heart musing, but 
his pen lying silent, waiting for the fire to burn. 
It is hard to catch the inspiration of the new year 
with the weights of the old one yet hanging upon 
us. It is easy enough, sometimes, to forget the 
things of the past when you once get them behind 
you, but to get them behind while they are yet be- 
fore, is one of the things that we can only seem to 

The year 1880 was not much unlike its predeces- 
sors. Being born, dying, living for pleasure, eat- 
ing and drinking, striving for lionor and wealth, 
marrying and giving in marriage, were the com- 
mon events that have been registered to man's ac- 
count, with an occasional mark in favor of the 
good Samaritan, who dared to break the common 
tread to do his fellow good, and make a score for 
the kingdom. 

What a worldly world we have been ! And as 
we look back, we are made to feel that the best of 
us only half believe. Is the story, told the shep- 
herds of old, a true one, and was Christ indeed 
born into the world y Has he indeed become our 
Restorer, and redeemed us from the power of sin y 
And are all the wonderful promise.? made indeed 
true? In response, we hear from thousands and 
tens of thousands of tongues. It is tme. From the 
tongues of merchants, farmers, physicians, tent- 

makers— all professions— the day laborer and the 
children, have gone forth the joyful Christmas car- 
ols, and the world yet seems to be resounding witli 
gladsome notes in heaven to a born and risen Sav- 
ior. The v/orld is full of "I believe," yet in ac- 
tions, how few do believe— believe deep enough to 
take the Lord at his word and do as he says! 

The year ISSG has not been empty of signs and 
tokens— has not been slow in most cei-taiuly ful- 
filling the things tiiat the prophets of old have 
said must come to pass. We have had our v/ars 
and rumors of war?, the mighty seas have rocked 
and wrecked tiie great ships and buried its thou- 
sands beneath its terrible waves. Earthquakes 
have caused the earth to tremble, and the inhab- 
itants to quake and fear. Storms, floods and fires, 
like conquering armies, have passed over the land, 
leaving desolation and death in their tracks. 

These things are not only evidences of the trutli- 
fulne?s of revelation, but they are sent as blessings 
in disguise, to help us loosen ourselves from the 
world, and enable us to reach out after those 
things that are heavenly and eternal. Though 
these things have befallen ns, yet we have not 
been left without abundant tokens of God's loving 
kindness toward us. The sower went forth sow- 
ing, and returned well laden with fruits for his 
toil. The early and the latter rains came in their 
season, home industries ^"ere encouraged, and the 
laborer, for his labor, received his reward, so'that 
all who had a disposition to do right were not left 
without the common necessaries and conveniences 
of life. It is true, the year had its "bitter," but it 
also had its "sweet." 

The church has not been left without evidence.^? 
of advancement ia the great work of saving sin- 
ners. Many of those who labored faithfully had 
the pleasure of seeing an early fruitage. Precious 
sheaves have been gathered into the ganier of the 
Lord, and at the same time the church has been 
blessed with a deeper work of grace. The desire 
to have the gospel spread has grown, and the 
means essential for its spreading have been in- 
creasing. These are encouraging tilings to lock 
back over, and though compariitively little has 
been accomplished, yet we thank God that that 
little has been growing. 

Now, forgetting the things behind, we reach for- 
ward towards the things that are before. With 
glad hearts and renewed determinations we ioyiUi.- 
ly hail the new year, 1SS7. What we have done is 
done— what we have written is written, and no 
amount of vexing can undo it or un write what we 
have written. We feel conscious of this, and also 
of our many shortcomings; therefore we rejoice 
that time is yet ours, and that a new year dawiss 
upon us with opportunities for improvement, and, 
it spared, of doing better work for the Master and' 
his church than ever before. 

For the church, there is a great work before us 
all, and the only way to do it successfully will he 
for all to unite their efforts to the accomplishment 
of the one great end of enlarging Christ's kingdom 
by breaking the ranks of Satan. A consecrated 
ministry, a consecrated laity, and a consecrated 
press will do great things for the Lord, and surely 
we should be satisfied with nothing less. 

And now a kindly Xew Year greeting to all of 
our readers. In your homes and at your firesides, 
may the peace of (rod dwell, and may your souls 
feed and prosper on the good things that our be- 
nevolent Father has in store for, those who love 
and obey liim. 


Jan. 4, 1887 . 

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tjtndy to snow tiiyeelf approTod unto God. s workinau thp.t 

ceedeiii not be sshainod, rightly diriding the 

Word of Truth. 


r.Y E. C. MOOMAW. 

Dark is the night of sin 

And sorrow in the stricken earth; 

But now behold the wondrous birth 

In Bethlehem's lowly inn. 

For Ciirist has come in humble guise 

To bring salvation frcm the pit\ing skies. 

Glory to God whose arm 

Has brought deliverance to the lost, 

And found for Adam's captive host 

Eternal liberty; 

For every chain shall broken be, 

And every sorrowing captive shall be free. 

Judgment has sat on h'gh; 

But now shall rtiercy reign for aye, 

And love to ail eternity. 

The guilty shall not die, 

"Who find a refuge in the Lord, 

And safely rest upon his gracious "Word. 

Peace I peace, on earth shall be. 

And gocd will to the sons of men; 

For Christ shall bear the bitter pain 

Of all iui'iuity. 

Bis bioo.I atones for evei7 crime 

From far-clf Eden to the bounds of time. 

Behold the heavenly light 

Which rises to dispel the gloom 

Of sorrow's night and sin's fierce doom. 

Hell trembles with affright; 

And death Las found himself a grave 

Beneath the fiery acd sulphurous wave. 

Te happy realms of heaven, .„ — 

Prepare your everlasting zones 
Fer. thpnew rac^ of glory '.s son.^. 
To saints of earth are given 
The thrones and empires of the sky, 
And crowns of eyerlasting majesty. 

O'j, bright .lerusaU m. 

Prepare thee for the mighty tread 

Of saints awakened from the dead. 

Behold they come 

To bring their g'.orj' to the golden halls, 

A.nd find eternal rest wit'nin thy walls. 

Awake, ye glorious choirs 

Of migbry seraphim on high, 

Awake tee .soul of melcdy, 

And sweep it? tounding lyres. 

Fill heaven with ceie.^tial song. 

And let the 5pheres the mighty joy prolong. 



It behooves aa, my BrethreD, that we get 
on a higher plate of life, and we knosv no 
better way of getting higher, than first to be- 
gin oar ascent at the lowest round of 
humility. Tnia ia the order of Christ: "He 
who ascended, first descended." It means 
that our proper sphere is higher, purer, holier; 
and that he who ia high, and pure and 
holy, came down to lift us up to be partakera 
of his holiness. 

The whole purpose of our holy religion 
is, to get us above our sennaal nature. Our 
flesh would pull U3 do77n, bat God bida us 
crucify the flesh, that the spirit may gain the 
ascendency. All the self- crucifying com- 
mands of God, tend toward th» subjection of 
the natural man, and the elevation of the 

spiritual. If the flesh rules, it is death; if 
the spirit rules, it is life. 

Take the 12 ch of Eomans, as a single 
lesson in higher Christian life, and Psiil lays 
the foundation in the presenting our bodies 
a living sscrifice, holy, acceptable unto God; 
and he appeals to our re-ason as the high 
motive for it. Obedience to all of God's 
commands is a reasonable service. Having 
laid the found ation, Paul ascends the scale 
of all moral and spiritual action to reason, 
which God has placed over our intellectual 
faculties. He contemplates the transforming 
power of a renewed mind, that it iKoduces 
not only correct bodily habits, but also leads 
to right thinking — how to think, and how 
not to think. 

Let us go up and down this ladder of 
twenty-one verses, and notice how it takes 
out all the evil qualities cf human nature, 
and ministers to the good. "We travel down 
the ladder, or rather up the ladder, feeling 
good over our start from eo good a founda- 
tion, with our thoughts aglow under our 
sanctified reason, till we reach verse 6th, 
when we learn that there is a difference, — 
that we do not know it all, that others know 
somethi.Dg which we know not — where, if we 
heed the lesson at all, we learn our own ex- 
treme weaknese, and are willing to pay due 
deference to others. How many at this point 
get off the ladder altogether! 

Here we learn the great lesson of patience. 
If we find ourselves in the ministry, we 
must wait on it, and work in it, and not 
worry over it, nor about it. Do we become 
discouraged at the magnitude of the work 
before us, and suffer the dull shadows of 
gloom to settle upon our spirits? Let us 
patiently and quietly go to work, and do the 
best we can, and let the go. "He that 
goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious 
seeds, shall doubtless come again with re- 
joicing, bringing his sheaves with him." 

At this point it would be well, and even 
necessary, to review the ground in 3rd verae. 
We may begin to think wrong — think too 
LigKly of othere — and too highly of our- 
eelven. "For I eay, through the grace given 
unto me, to every man that is among you, 
not to think of himgelf more highly than 
he ought to think, but to thick soberly." 
The minister that takes thia with him as a 
part of himself, will not somewhere, along 
his line of duty, begin to imagine that he is 
the coming man for whom tho world has 
long been waiting. The one who would rule 
otherf;, will first conquer himself; and he 
that is merciful, will be so in a kind and 
pleasant way. 

We have now reached the Oih verse. How 
many in the Brotherhood of saints, have 
made the truth in this verse a part of them- 
selves, and h?ivB gone above it? Here it is 
in all its blessed fullnesa: "Let love be with- 
out dissimulation. Abhor that which is 
evil; cleave to that which is good." We can 
compel no one to love us; for love is the 
price of love. We love God, because be 
first loved us. We love the Brethren, be- 
cause the Brethren loved ua. God's love to 
I UB was unfeigned, "For God bo loved the 

world that he gave hia only begotten son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life." 8o our 
love for each other should be sincere. 
"Love the Brotherhood." Love one anoth- 
er," "Love all men." Love your enemies." 
In all these relatioaa, our love should be 
without pretense. O the shallow mockery of 
dissimulation! It ia a wolf in the guise of a 
lamb. The evil report is nurtured in the 
heart and wafted onthebreez?. 

Last, bat not least, have we so risen above 
all sin that w-e abhor it? Have we become 
so wedded to all good, that we cleave to it? 
How many ihe forms of evil! We must ab- 
hor theoi all; it means separation from sin; 
it meana holiness. 

A cold formal church membership, will 
never reaeh the high spiritual state, indicated 
by the apostle ia the 9ih verae; much less 
get above it. Christian duties are itemizad, 
and when observed in detail, form a unit 
in building up caaraoter, and lead to a holy 
life. It ec-usiats in casting off ail sin on the 
one .hand, and in cleaving to all that ia good 
on the other. A si.agle sin may follow us in 
our course of life, and spoil all the good. We 
must get the good, and cleave to it, — make 
it a part of our nature, 

Yfhen we reach this high, spiritual state, 
we are in contiou.=i! communion witli God. 
We place our minds and hearts in a state 
of receptivity and there is an infias of all 
that is holy, pure, and good in thought and 
feeling, and our souls respond in devotion 
and praise to God. 



In Gospel Messenger, No. 45, Bro. J. G. 
Eoyer presents an article under the above 
caption. We he.-artiiy accede with Bro. 
Soyer's remarks, and also with articles hereto- 
fore written on this subject. But these do 
noi: exactly fill our ideal of the necessities 
and passibilities of our children. 

We have waited a considerable length of 
time, in vain, for some one else to unearth, 
or rather to clearly preqent the principles 
and facts wiiich underlie this subject. So, 
in our weakness, we will try to examine a few 
of these fact?, for we suppose that they are 
ag vivid to othens as they are to ue. 

Why nre so many youug men and women 
hastening on to disgrace and ruiu? Why 
are so many youug men and women oat of 
the church? Why are so mary boye and 
girli3 disobedienS to the wishes of their 
parents, guardians and friends? Why are 
so many parents heart-rivan, and sorrowing 
on account of their giddy and diaobedif^nt 
chUiren? ('FA;;/ is it that ministers of the 
g>3p9l maat preach, plead, reason and re- 
monstrate so patiently and pereeveringly 
with our young people, to get them to accept 
the great salvation? Aud then they often 
die without witnea.sing the fruits of their 
labors. As this ia only the result of cause 
aud effict, wuoa \ve are conaeioua of the 
vain and worthless lives of many of our 

Jan. 4, 1887. 


young people, we naturally inquire for the 
cause of this. From our cloae scrutiny of 
the cause, we naturally arrive at one of two 
conclusions; either God must have hardened 
the hearts of these children, that thay might 
believe a lie, or else they were not properly 
trained. As this first coaclugiou is utterly 
sinful and unjust, we must base our decision 
upon the second conclusion, and say, The 
cause of all this sin, disobedience and sorrow 


In proper culture we should have a tsvo- 
fold object in view. The first is to fit the 
child in the best manner to so battle with 
this life, that he may at last gain a home 
everlasting in the heavens. The second ob- 
ject is to faithfully discharge the trust, which 
God has committed to us in the birth of 
these children. King Solomon, the wisest 
man, has said, "Train up a child in the way 
he should go; and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." Prov. 22: 6, This is 
a rule to which there are very few exceptions. 
The place for the training of children is in 
the home circle. As a general rule, children 
are under the entire inilaenceof their parents 
until they are seven or twelve years old; and 
during this time they should undergo the 
training process. The impressions and in- 
fluences which they receive during this period, 
are the greatest elements in the formatioii 
of their characters. After this the training 
ceases and the child's literary edacatioa be- 

The time to train a child is, when he is 
ouite young. The child's brain is a con- 
geries of organs, containing the faculties 
of perception, memory, imitation, reaaoning, 
imagination, taste and many others. These 
faculties are capable of growing, or develop- 
ment. The mind, according to certain laws, 
will produce the same elements with which it 
is fed. The body, in order to becomes trong, 
must receive plenty of nutritious food. 
Likewise, the mind, to become strong, must 
be fed, and knowledge is food for the mind. 
The kind of knowledge that the child receives, 
will be shown by his works as he becomes 
older. For, "even a child is known by his 
doings." Prov. 20: 11. The mind of the 
young child is very tender and easily im- 
pressed with whatever comes within its ob- 
servation. These first impressions are 
everlasting and cannot be erased. This is 
the time when the proper training should 
begin. Let the first impressions be of a 
holy and divine character. 

Parents love their children supremely; 
and they are very careful to provide for 
every physical necessity. Hence they should 
be no less zealous to provide for the moral 
and spiritual requirements. As a general 
rule, children are very active and lively; 
and their little brains are no less active than 
their bodies. They are constantly on the 
alert to see or learn something new and 
curious, and will grasp whatever comes with- 
in their reach. At these times all that is 
needed is a careful direction. Do not let 
the child and its mind wander out into all 
manner of sin and vice, but lead and direct 
it to that which is pure and holy. 

By judicious training, the child can be 

taught to love the pure and good, and to 
hate the impure and the wicked. The Cath- 
olic says, "Give me your child till he is 
seven years old; and affcer that you may have 
him again." He means by this that by the 
time the child ia seven years old, he can 
have the love, principlea and doctrines of 
the Catholic church so iusitiiled into bis little 
mind, that all the infiuencee that can be 
brought to bear upon him in. after life, can- 
not remove them. This is an apt illustra- 
tion of the of early training. 

Little children are fond of pretty stories, 
and will listen an incredibly long time to 
Bible stories and adventures of good men, 
told by their mothers; these make lasting 
impressions. Ohildren are very confidiisg, 
and will consider as an established fact every 
word that their parents tell then). Be care- 
ful, then, to tell them nothing but good, whole- 
some truths. Children are very eloBe ob- 
servers'. Be careful to direct their observe- 
tions to that which ia good, pure and ennob- 
ling. Children are wonderful imitators. 
Be careful of your words?, actions aad temper 
before children, ao that you will not be 
ashamed to have them, imitate you. And ia 
order to keep your children from the in- 
fluence of bad company, be very careful to 
select such children for their companioGg, 
as have been properly trained, so that you 
will avoid having tares and mischief sown in 
the pure minds of your children. 

A single word or action, of a base sort, 
may ruin a child's character. Bat direction, 
sometimes, is not ell that is necessary for 
the proper culture of children. Sometimes 
they incline to be disobedient, selfish, 
stubborn and vicious. These inclinations 
must be overcome for the child's welfare, 
and the comfort of the parent. The wise 
man has said, "Correct thy son and he shall 
give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto 
thy soul." Prov. 26:17. There is a natural 
inclination in some children to err; or to 
willfully do that which is wrong. This is 
what king Solomon had in mind when he 
said, "Correct thy son." By "correction" we 
mean the overcoming of the evil propensi- 
ties ia children. This may often be brought 
about without any means of punishment. 
A careful and thoughtful parent will often 
correct his child without resorting to harsh 

We will not here attempt to enter into a 
dJscussion of metJtods of correction, because 
circumstances are so varied, that the method 
that gives satisfaction in one case xnll pro- 
duce harm in another. So we will let the 
parent consider the subject in viev/ and let 
him apply, what is, in liis opinion, the beat 
means to secure that end. Remember that 
the object in correcting children's errors, is 
to secure for them the best interests, phy- 
sically, morally and spiritually. Aaythiug 
that is detrimental to any of these objects ia 
not only wrong but sinful. We now arrive 
at a most important part of this subject, viz , 
The correction oj children's misdoings is 
obligatory upon tlie parents. In no case is 
this more evident from a human stand-point, 

than regarding the welfare of our nation. 
The unanimoua verdict of those who observe 
human character ie, that the rise or fall of our 
Eepublie is subject to the characters of our 
young man and women. These characters 
are founded in childhood. How important 
it is that right principles be inculcated in 
the minds of the children, even from a politi- 
cal view. Any failure on the part of the 
parent to properly train his child, is an act 
criminal to the welfare of his country. Any 
neglect of the parent to properly train his 
child, from a spiritual point of view, ia no 
leas a criminal act in the divine law, and is 
therefore a sin. 

From this I think that pareiite are, in a 
great measure, responsible for the sins of 
their children. "For whatsoever a m?in 
soweth, thai; shall he also reap." Eph. 6: 7. 
If a man sow hate, anger s.nd diBcord in the 
mind and character of his child, he shall at 
the judgment reap hate and anger as the 
reward of his iniqaity; but if he sow love, 
meekness, pnre-mindedness, etc., hs shall at 
the end reap loving favor as the reward of 
faithfulness, "and his children are blesaed 
after him." Prov. 20: 7. 

If the mother is true to her truat, "her 
children arise up and call her blessed." 
Prov. 31:28. "Foolishness ia bound up in 
the heart o? a child; but the rod of correc- 
tion shall drive it far from him." Prov. 22: 
15, A parent who neglects to punish his 
child when it ia absolutely necessary, un- 
doubtedly commits a sin, and will be ac- 
countable for neglect of duty. 

God created man that he might be glorifi- 
ed thereby; and the man who does not 
glorify God has shown his creation to be ia 
vain. The parent who neglects to so train 
his children that they will glorify God, has 
proven their creation to be ia vain. He has 
utterly thv/arted the plans of God. How 
I important is the training of children! 
I I have here tried to show only the im- 
portance of proper training of children. If 
this lengthy article is not an abomination to 
the readers of the Gospel Messenger, I may 
in the future give some plain directions up- 
on methods of proper culture. 

Academia, Pa. 

OUK AIM Oi L,iFl!i, 


"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not 
bread ? and youv labour Hox that which satisfieth notV 
hearken diligently unto me, and eat yethatirhich is 
good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isa. 
55: 2. 

It is probably not necessary for me to 
state, that each and every one of us has an 
aim ia life, as it ia one important thing in 
the world, in order to make this life a suc- 
cess. Many a one has failed, because the 
aim has not been fixed upon. Therefore it 
comes quite natural for them to fail, as is 
stated ia the above quotation, "Wherefore do 
you spend money for that which is not bread? 

There seem to be a great many, who spend 
money in various ways, which will not 
benefit them or any one else, only to be en- 



Jan. 4, 1887. 

joyed as an object of si^ht or beauty, and 
would not do them the good b3 would the 
bread alluded to iu the above. As bread is 
the staff of life, (aatarally speaking) so we 
may spend our money for bread which is the 
"bread of life," which will not only do ue 
good iu this lifc^, but will insure us a great 
reward in the life to come. 

To illustrate: Suppose a man owns a very 
fine horse, ana there should come a thief 
and steal the same, he would spend time, and 
perhaps money to send dispatches to cities 
or towns around, in order to procare the lost 
auimal. Bat whea asked for mei^ns to help 
recover some last soul, he will value a soul 
very cheap, if we are to judge from the 
amount of means he contributes to the latter 
cause. la the former case he may spend 
probably fifty or a hundred dollare, while in 
the latter he may spend one or two dollars 
per year, at most, which would indicate that 
a soul is not valued even one-twentieth as 
much as a fine horse. 

Now we claim that when we spend money 
to save souls, we do not t-pend money for 
that which is not bread. Than, when our 
aim in life is to become good, or to do good 
to our fello.v-men, we will not make life a 
failure, but will lay up for ourselves treasures 
in heaven where moth doth not corrupt and 
thieves do not break through and steal. 

By looking into the perfect law of liberty 
we may be enabled to di-gcera between that 
which is truly bread, and that which ia not, 
so that when we c?me to give an account of 
our meius, and how we spend them, that it 
may be said of uj, we have done what 
we could. 

Would to God tb.ut we might, one and ail, 
realize the respontibilities resting upon us, 
while there are hacgry sools starving for the 
true bread, even the bread of life. . 

"We may not only spend our money for 
that which is not bread, but we may labor or 
spend our time tor earlbiy t-njoymeat, which 
the heaJiog of the above says, satisfieth not. 

Therefore it behoovea m t j take the advice, 
"Labor for theme>it that perishethnot." 



We want every brother aud aister, young 
and old, to consider what we are going to aay, 
not because we think we can edify better 
than any one eUe, but because we wish to 
call your attention to th.-it which mny be of 
benefit to us in time to come. 

First we want all fathers and mothers, 
that have children, to consider end look after 
their interests. We do not mean that they 
should give them a horse, baggy, or farm; 
but that they look after their reading «nd 
educational intere3t3, for nearly all 
fathers and mothers like to see their children 
have a common education; atid for that pur- 
pose they send them to school iu their child- 
hood days, that they may learn to read, and 
understand what they read. And how glad 
the parents seem to be when they come home 
from school, and tell them that they have 
learned to read every letter in the alphabet. 

They must soon have the primer; and so 
their mind expand as they grow older, 
that is, if they are permitted the privilege 
to attend school. And after they are grown 
up to be young men and women, they should 
still be looked after, to see what they are 
reading. For parents should be as much 
concerned about their children when they 
arrive at the age to do for themselves, as 
they were before they left the parental roof; 
and if they are not inclined to get good books, 
and papers, the parents should see to it and 
get them for them, (if it does cost $15 or $20, 
which we know is money spent that will do 
them good in the future) and encourage them 
to read and meditate about what they read, 
and impress it upon their minds, that the 
worthless trash that is afloat in our land, 
is not calculated to build up a good character, 
but ia only keeping us away from God, and 
and all that is good. 

Now, brother and sister, if you have 
children that are doing for themselves, see 
to it at once, that they have Bibles to read, 
'o.:!:d not only Bibles but the Brethren's church 
paper (the Messenger). By so doing we 
may soon see an ingathering in every local 
church iu our beloved Brotherhood, 

Now to those that are taking the Messen- 
ger: If you know of brethren and sisters that 
are not taking it, encourage them to take it, 
read it, and meditate upon it. And when 
the habit is once formed to read it, we as- 
sure you they would not like to do without 
it, to which, we presume, many can testify 
that read this article. Let saints everywhere 
consider what they have done for Christ, and 
the forwarding of his noble cause, what they 
are doing now, what they yet have to do, 
for the field is large wherein yet there is 
work to do. The past is gone, not only 
gone, but forever gone, and the present ia all 
we have, to evaageliza the world. And we 
ought to have ministers like Paul, who wrote 
to Timothy and said: "Meditate upon these 
things; give thyself wholly to them: that 
thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed 
unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: continue 
iu them; for ia doing this thou shalt both 
save thyself, and them that hear thee." 

Sinners, meditate upon your conditions; 
not only meditate, but seriously meditate, 
and Bpeedily return to your Savior, for 
God'd children need you in the fold, to help 
carry on the good work of redemption. 



We are more than ever surprised. After 
three articles, however, it appears that the 
brother's idea is harmless. He ia eimpiy 
confused among his buppers. If we have 
his idea, he now believes that there was 
a late dinner, and after this dinner, Christ 
w&ahed hia disciples' feet; then they after- 
ward ace the Paschal supper. It is possible 
that there was a dinner sometime during the 
day, bat that Christ arose from that dinner 
and washed his dieciples' feet, we emphatic- 
ally deny. More of this at the right place. 

He says, "Following the writer's course of 

arguments, he refers to the phraseology in 
John 13: 2, changed by the revisers, after a 
certain rule, from the authorized one, and 
then takes the Revised Version as the cor- 
rect one, without investigation." (?) It is 
not our business to tell what we have done; 
we will treat the subject. Much that has 
been said, figures nothing in this controver- 
sy. We will notice the points at issue. First, 
ek. This preposition has caused him much 
trouble. His knowledge of the Greek should 
have helped him here, but, strange to tell, he 
says that ck. oat of, is used in close connec- 
tion, nearly always, ia the sense of after,'' Let 
us see. The expression, "during supper," or 
"supper being ended,' gives us the idea of 
time, while the expression, "from supper," or 
"out OE supper," gives us the idea of place. 
Dannegan and Greenfield say that ek, used 
in reference to place, is rendered, "by, from, 
out of;" not once do they say ^'after." We 
believe that nothing can be found to the 
contrary. Now, how about the laws or prin- 
ciples of the Greek language? The brother 
often refers to this, but eeems determined to 
keep the principles in the dark. They are 
more forcible there; none exist, opposed to 
U3. Had the apostle intended to say "after 
supper," he would have said so. Others 
said, "after supper," but they did not use 
"ek ton deipnon;" they aaid, "meia to deipne- 

Second — about the suppers. He says, 
"These suppers were different, and could not 
be eaten a,t the eame hour." It followa thf,fc 
two euppera were eaten in close connection. 
It took 4-5 plug 1800 years, and a fraction 
more, to evolve this idea, and we confess that 
we are not yet able to bear it. Again, he 
says, "Iu the othsr evengeliats, I find only 
the word, pascha, and not deipnon, in con- 
nection v;ith this subject." He certainly 
did not hunt very much, Luke 22: 15 — 
"With desire I have desired to eat this pass- 
ooar." Luka 22: 20— "Likewise also the cup 
after supper'"— meta to deipnesai. 1 Cjr, 11: 
25, Meta to deipnesai— after supper. That 
the writers refer to the night supper — the 
Paschal supper — is beyond contradiction. 

Here, then, are John, Luke and Paul, all 
using the term "supper," without saying pas- 
chal. In John 13 there is not a break in the 
narrative about the supper, and "when Judas 
went out, it was night." To aay that John 
blends and cojifusos two suppers ia more 
thfiu we can accept. There is nothing invit- 
ing us to such an acceptance, excepting the 
brother's mistftke. 

Third — duricg supper. He says of us, 
"His plea is baeed only on the Revierd Ver- 
sion." It ia not — but if it were, we venture 
to assert that he cannot find in all the earth 
a'i many so well qiialifiiid of a contrary opin- 
ion. Greenfield, in his Lexicon, gives these 
very words — dnring supper. Passing all oth- 
ers, we offer Dr. Scott: "Deipnon gcnome- 
non— The reader will observe here that I 
have rendered the clause, supper being come, 
which is the eenee iu which the word ia often 
used elsewhere." Takitg this in connection 
with what he previously said, it agrees ex- 
actly with the rendering, during supper. 

Jan. 4, 1887. 



From the above considerations, .ind many 
not stated, we re-assert that the brother is 
certainly wrong, and that the Brethren are 
strictly correct. 



In No 44, Gospel Messenosr, Nov. 9th 
1886, appeared an article to show us that the 
Lord Jesus Christ did eat the supper from 
which he rose, to Vi^ash his disciples' feet 
some time in the afternoon, and that it an- 
swered to oar dinner. The writer seems to 
draw his conclusion from John 13: 2, "And 
supper being ended, the devil having now 
put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's 
son, to betray him." He thinks Jesus must 
have eaten the supper before feet-washing, 
but by reading the second and third verses 
we see that John makes no reference to feet- 
washing in the first three verses, but simply 
tells that Jesus knew that his hour was 
come that he should depart out of this world 
unto the Father, and at the end of the supper 
the devil put into the heart of Judas to be- 
tray him. "Jesus knowing that the Father 
had given all things into his hands, and he 
was come from God and went to God." Now 
I hold the idea that if John meant to tell us 
that the supper was eaten before feet-wash- 
ing, I would, with the same propriety, have to 
reason that Judas betrayed Jesus before 
feet-washing, also that Christ went to God 
before he washed hia apostles' feet, but the 
above two verses present the subject too 
plain to my mind. John gave it as intro- 
ductory remarks, to show how Je8U3 kuew all 
things before they came to pass. Then, in 
the fourth verse, John begins to set in order 
before us, how Jesus rose from supper and 
washed the feet of the disciples and had tak- 
en his garments and was set down again. 
We understand, set down again to the same 
supper and place that he arose from, and not 
to some other meal or supper. We have no 
inference in ail the reading of the four 
evangelists that one of his disciples arose 
from the table after Jesus sat down with the 
twelve, neither is there one evidence in all 
the gospel that Jesus ate two meals that 
evening, or any time that day. We have no 
right to so believe it unless we can find some 
testimony that the Lord had sent Peter and 
John to prepare two meals or suppers in that 
upper room in the goodman's house, and on 
the same table, or else we must have testi- 
mony that the supper Jesus ate with his 
apostles from which he arose and washed 
feet, was in a different place from the one in 
the upper room that the communion was 
connected with, and that testimony is want- 
ing. All translations I have ever exam- 
ined only give us one supper that Jesus ate 
with his disciples that evening, and is called 
Passover by Matthew and Mark. In Luke 
22, it is called both Passover and Supper. 
In John, Supper only. By Paul, 1 Cor. 11 
the Lord's Supper, all describing or refer- 
ring to the same meal. We will now once 
more come back to John, who leaned on 
Jesus' breast but not before feet-washing. 

Now it is after feet-washing John tells us Je- 
sus was troubled in spirit and testified 
that "one of you shall betray me." John 
13: 21. Also in the eighteenth verse, "He 
that eateth bread with me, hath lifted up his 
heel against me." Again in John 21: 20, 
"This is the disciple which also leaned on 
his breast at Supper, (German, Ahendessen) 
and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth 
thee? " To this the other evangelists agree. 
"As they did eat he said. Verily I say unto 
you that one of you shall betray me." Matt. 
26: 21, Mark 14: 18. It also agrees with the 
usage of the Brotherhood. John says it 
was before the feast of the Passover when 
this took place, and he says positively, when 
Jesus had dipped the eop he gave it to Ju- 
das Iscariot, and after the sop Satan entered 
into him, versos 26 and 27. Sapper now 
being ended as we have it in the second 
verse, "the devil having now put into the 
heart of Judae to betray him," verse 30, he 
then, having received the sop, went immedi- 
ately out and it was night." There is no tes- 
timony that JesuB did eat the Passover or 
any other meal after sunset on the prepara- 
tion day, which was the 14th, the day ap- 
pointed in the law by God, after which came 
the day of unleavened bread when the pass- 
over must be killed, Lake 22: 7, and not 
when the passover must be eaten, for it is 
clear in my mind that Christ expired on the 
cross the very hour, the law had appointed 
to kill the lamb, and that he was taken from 
the cross and buried on the preparation day. 
See John 19: 14, 31 and 42. Mark 15: 42. 
Luke 23: 54. And that day was the prepa- 
ration day. 

In conclusion I will give the testimony of 
the chief priests and the scribes and elders 
of the people, when "they consulted how 
they might take Jesus by subtilty and kill 
him. But they said, Not on the feast day lest 
there be an uproar among the people." See 
Matt. 26: 4, 5. Mark 14: 2. They well knew 
what the result would be if they would do 
that act on the feast day and therefore would 
not go into the judgment hall. After they had 
spent the night before Annas and Caiaphas 
in a mock trial, they brought him to Pi- 
late early in the morning of the preparation 
day. John 18: 28. Now, they were afraid 
of defilement if they would go into the judg- 
ment hall, and could not eat the passover ii 
they had entered in. 



TriE persons who have no happy home, no 
refuge from the busy cares of this life, are 
indeed objects of pity. They may be sur- 
rounded with every luxury that this life 
affords, endowed with wealth and with honor, 
but if they have an unhappy home, they are 
truly miserable. On the contrary, if home 
be a place of love towards each other, and 
towards God, it matters not how humble, or 
how poor its furniture is, it will form a 
sweet refuge to rest from our labors, a jjright 
oasis in the desert of life. The persons 
who have such a happy home may be called up- 

to travel in other lands. They may look up- 
oa the most beautifal scenes the eyes can be- 
hold, but still the heart will turn in its deep 
yearnings to the sweet, distant home of piety 
and love, as the best place the world contains. 

Other persons may open their doors and 
invite us to share their hospitality, and 
pleasant voices may bid U3 share their home, 
bat to U3 there is no place so attractive as our 
dear home, with no music so sweet as the 
prattle of our little ones, which God has 
entrusted to o'lr care. 

When gone only a short distance, and a 
few days from home, how happy we feel 
when we can eay we are 'going home, and 
the nearer we get there, the more we seem to 
urge forward with fond anticipation to the 
place we call home. Everything there seems 
to welcome our footsteps, there we can rest 
our weary limba with more enjoyment than 
we can at any other place on this beautiful 

Bat there is another home beyond the 
turmoils of life, that is far brighter, and much 
more lovely than any earthly home can be. 
No chilling winds and wintry blasts can 
moleat us there. In our meditations our 
mind is often carried forward to that home 
of pleasure, so beautifully described in Rev. 
21, with its pearly gates, and its streets of 
pure gold, as it were, transparent glass. O! 
how much more beautiful than our earthly 

We need no artificial light there, the Lamb 
of God slain from the foundation of the 
world will be the light thereof. Satan gets 
iuto our earthly homes and tempts, acd 
sometimes overcomes ue to do evil. In that 
home beyond wa will be freed from tempta- 
tion; no evil, neither sorrow can enter there. 

There will be that beautiful river, and the 
tree of life shedding its bright halo all 
around. There we will be in the immediate 
presence of God, enjoying the full fruition 
of our labors here, and with all these 
promises, we are persuaded that the half 
has never yet been told. For the apostle 
says, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart of man 
the things which Gdd hath prepared for 
those that love him." 

I am fully persuaded that many of my 
brethren and sisters are looking forward to 
the time with cheering hope, when they will 
inhabit that house, whose builder is God, 
eternal in the heavens, when they can lay 
down the cross, take up the crown, and strike 
glad hands with loved ones who have gone be- 
fore on the banks of eternal deliverance. 
There Jesus will be our king; a ransomed, 
a glorified b.'iud, "just across on the ever- 
green shore" we will "meet to part no more." 
While some of U3 are poor here, we can be 
rich over yonder in the realms of the blest. 

That home is easily obtained; yet how 
indifferent, and how careless we seem to be 
concerning it, and how many are going down 
the broad road to ruin, there to have a 
home that is most miserable, with the very 
offscourings of society, amid Satan's host 
and all that is evil. Oh! I would say with 
the poet: 

"Oh! tui-n ye, oh! turn ye, for why will you die, 
When God and salvation are drawing so nigh?" 



Jan. 4, 1887. 



To J. E. B., Some where in ihc Wesi, Whose 
Lcilcr Wo\dd Rave Been Privaielij An- 
sicered, Had Address Been Given : — 

In Meiit. 10: 39; 2 Cor. 4: 10, and 1 Pet. 
-i: 1, v.-e find a Divice lesson little heeded, 
and hard to learn for the few who do iieed. 
Tj> "find life hy losing it," "ahcavs bearing 
about in the body the dying of the Lord Je- 
sus, thst the life also of Jesus might be 
made manifest in our body," and to "firm 
onrselvea with the mind of Christ in suiier- 
irig in the tiesh for the destruction of sin," 
are experiences so radical, so utterly annihi- 
lative of self, as to make the gate strait and 
the way narrow thst leadeth unto life, and 
render the elect a "little liock." Even eo ap- 
parently small a matter as needing a stamp 
in a pressing emergency may show whether 
we have in very deed been buried by bap- 
tism into the dealk of Christ. Yours were 
all gone before the sun had set, with a large 
gap unfilled. In the last week of November 
I wanted one thousand, with less than half 
in command. But God's end is perfect iden- 
tity of will and pleasure, and it is not for us 
to say where and how often we must be cross- 
ed and disappointed and emptied, in order to 
consummate this glorious reality. I would 
no doubt enjoy many a personal comfort of 
which 1 am destitute, if my own will and in- 
terest could rule, but that is no proof that 
the supply would serve as high a purpose as 
ihe want and the consequent drill in patience 
and self-crucifixion. I find it easier and 
easier and more abundantly life-imparting to 
die unto all self-preference, 

Eden was too ravishing and bountiful for 
Adam and Eve. They saw and heard and 
scented too much for their shallow knowl- 
edge and restricted experience. The whole 
Garden was for their esjoyment, but part of 
their blessedness was to consist in self-deni- 
al on the ground of simple trust in the Di- 
vine authority, wisdom and goodness. They 
had no precedent to teach them the bitter- 
ness and heinousness of sin. The devil 
painted the result of disobedience in glowing 
colors, eo that the participation of the inter- 
dicted fruit seemed far preferable to absti- 
nence. They gained wisdom by sensuous 
enjoyment, coupled with woful moral agony 
and degradation, and bitter self-reproacb. 
Ever since that fatal moment it is hszardous 
to possess much of this world's goods. Man 
must be driven out of Eden and eat his bread 
in the sweat of His face. 

The demands of the Cross will keep the 
rich from surfeiting and hoarding, and the 
poor from want. If not so, "how dwelleth 
the love of God in them?" Even the Breth- 
ren seem to know very little of the mind of 
Christ as a sr.crifice for sin, and the neces- 
fcicies of human nature as requiring such a 
sacrifice, or they would take to heart more 
keenly the direful wants of the world, phys- 
ical and spiritual. Not long since a brother 
worth forty thousand dollars flung a dollar 
on the sanctuary table in indignation for the 
missionary cause, grumbling at the extortion 

of tiie church for the maintenance of a vis- 
ionary enterprise. If our money would go 
more iRVgely and heartily into the Lord's 
Treasury for the consummation of the Lord's 
purpose in Christ, our income would be in- 
creased manifold. 

But the church has lost faith in the plas- 
ticity of nature to the Supreme Power in an- 
sv'.er to trustful supplication and obedience. 
We are niggardly, and thus shut the hand of 
God, lest our means of self-pampering make 
U3 utterly wanton, cross-ignoring and self- 
destructive. God not only loveth a cheerful 
giver, but a liberal dispenser of the Divine 
bounty. Many or our rich brethren cannot 
believe Christ's assertion that large posses- 
sions render salvation next to impossible. A 
camel will go through the eye of a needle 
easier than a rich man goes into the kingdom 
of Heaven. The stern, urgent demand of the 
times is the searching interpretation, by God 
Himself, of His Seven Epistles to the 
churches. There is not a defection there re- 
proved that is not rampant in Christendom 
to-day. The Brethren cannot plead "not 
guilty." Noble, self-sacrificing souls there 
are, but they are in the minority. As in 
Paul's time, the many "seek their own, and 
not the things that are Christ's." God is 
not bound to uniformity of expression in 
nature, to give us ao much rain and dew and 
enow and shine, neither more nor less. Oar 
fidelity and trust and devotion largely de- 
termine these phenomena. No one who is 
scquainted with the Old Testament and the 
fortunes and misfortunes of Israel, will gain- 
say this. Common sense and sound philoso- 
phy confirm it. God controls nature, and is 
not controlled by it; and faith controls God, 
such faith as He Himself exemplified in the 
flesh. He was rich, and for our sakes be- 
came poor, and was infinitely richer in His 
poverty than His gold- flushed, over-fed, self- 
consequential followers. In this matter 
there can be no corapromiee. Wealth is not 
for storage, but for man's needs, physical 
and spiritual. "The gold and the silver is 
Mine," saith the Lord. To die is to live, to 
give is to get, to surrender is to conquer, to 
weep with Jesus is to laugh with God. 

Many gnash their teeth at such preaching, 
but I pray that they may not gnash them 
where money can no longer be disbursed for 
the glory of God. We need stirring up, and 
nothing will do it bat a higher conception of 
God incarnate, and a profounder apprecia- 
tion of the cross. All of us would sink 
down in shame and confusion and self-con- 
demnation, if we could get a glimpse of the 
face and heart of oar crucifiad, enthroned, 
adorable Jesus. Self always seeks to thrust 
itself to the front, and we lose sight of our 
immunities, privileges, obligations, and pos- 
sibilities. To regain Paradise is the one 
longing and struggle of every soul, only God 
has one way of gaining this end and we an- 
other. He eeeks to slay that He may give 
life, and we strive desperately to save cur- 
selvea from death. 

The Tree of Knowledge can be safely 
touched only through Jesus Christ and Hitn 
crucified. He that tastes wisdom there, has 

just so much of God and Heaven. To have 
the life hid with Christ in God is to be heir 
to an estate that comprises all that God has 
to give — "world, life, death, things present, 
things to come," and a millionfold beyond 
our most extravagant computation. The* 
imagination can run v/ild on many themes, 
but here it must collapse, iu finitely short of 
"the truth as it is in Jesue." 1 Cor. 3: 21- 
23. "Ye are Christ's, sad Christ is God's," 
yea, ia very God. If we have the least spir- 
itual illumination, we should know what it 
meant for Christ to be "about His Father's 
business." There is not one principle of 
conduct for Jesus, and another for us. "Let 
this mind be in you which was also in Christ 
Jesus." Philpp. 2: 5. 

Then follows the minute description of His 
commitment to the Divine will and human 
welfare. Is our life a counterpart of His, a 
recognizable reflection? It is not simply 
death, bat vohmtary death. "No man taketh 
my life from me; I lay it down of myself." 
This is the pivot of redemption, both pro- 
visional and personal. "He came not to be 
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give 
His life a ransom for many." Is this our 
conscious and manifest characteristic? The 
fluent repetition of Lord, Lord, is a hollow, 
suicidal, Christ dishonoring mockery, unless 
it means "obedience unto death, even the 
death of the cross." There is far too much 
gelf-pleasing in the church. When it shows 
its head in forms obnoxious to ecclesiastical 
decrees and customs, it is rigorously dealt 
with ; but when it eats out the very life of re- 
ligion in the neglect of the most solemn and 
fundamental behests and duties, it is caress- 
ed and excused to the destruction of souls. 
To go into the very essence of Matt. 28: 19, 
20; 1 Cor, 10: 31; 2 Cor. 7: 1; Gal. 2: 20; 1 
John 2: 6, and 3: 3, is what the full half of 
us have no thought of doing. And yet the 
realization of thesu sublime verities is the 
only way of "making our calling and elec- 
tion sure." 

Zion is marred, God is robbed, souls are 
deluded and ruined, and the Gross is wofully 
discounted, by the withdrawal of our minds 
and hearts from the unseen to the seen, and 
foolishly trying to live the life of God with- 
out dying to self. Hard thrusts these, under 
which many will wince and frown, but facts 
crowd in from all sides to offer their terrible 
evidence. Faith, Love, Holiness, righteous- 
ness and eelf-renunciation, are the God- vital- 
ized factors in the evangelization of the 
world. Had Christ acted as most of His 
professed disciples act, we never would have 
heard of Gethsemane and Golgotha. 

"Lo, I am with you alivai/," says Christ. 
"Always bearing about in the body the dy- 
ing of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of 
Jesus might be made manifest in our body," 
says Paul. And again, "that I may laww 
Him, and the iwwer o£ His resurrection and 
ihe felloivship of His sufferings, being made 
conformable unto His death." What is this 
this but dying to live and living to die: liv- 
ing for and by the Cross. In this "always" 
and its essential connections lies the all- con- 
quering and enduring energy of Chris- 

Jan. 4, 1887. 


tiaaity. "I am crucified with Chi i it," "plant- 
ed togetber in the likeness of His death," 
"risen with Him tbrcugh the faith of the op- 
eration of God;" — this is the myetery which 
hath been hid from ages and generations, the 
riches of the glory v/hich God hath made 
known to His sainte. Coi. 1: 26, 27. This 
is in very truth ^'Christ in us, the hope of 
glory." Just as soon as we, as a church, 
rise into the reality and power and glory of 
this fact, the gates of hell will tremble, the 
world will credit our profeseioD, and "report 
that God is in us of a truth." 1 Cor. 14: 25. 
"Verily, VERILY." 

So long 88 we allov/ anything to divert our 
minds and hearts from the exclusive object 
of faith, we must be content to work on the 
low plane of our inherent powers, so that 
Heaven and earth and hell may confront us 
with the challenge, "What do ye more than 
others?" Matt. 5: 47. ''Always" sounds 
from Heaven to earth, and "ahvays" must 
echo perpetually from earth to Heaven in a 
life of "faith which worketh by love." 

Union Deposit, Fa. 



It is not held to be a perfectly reliable ev- 
idence of grace that a professed Christian is 
inclined to express his joy on extraordinary 
occasions by shouting; yet it is an expres- 
sion both of joy and triumph, fully warrant- 
ed by the holy Scriptures, and the experience 
of godly people. It is a great mistake to 
suppose that the feelicgs or emotions have 
no part in a genuine Christian experience. 
Notto/eeZ, — deeply feel the operations of 
God's Holy Spirit upon the heart, or a sense 
of abounding joy and triumph when we re- 
alize a sense of pardon, and divine scnship, 
is itself an evidence of how hard and callous 
sin can make the heart. An unfeeling, in- 
sensible nature is a hard nature, something 
of the character of stone, which is not aSect- 
ed either by the soft vernal showers of 
spring, or the warm, bright rays of the sun. 
The "Son of RighteousneBs" may shine upon 
such a heart, but it feels no special exhilara- 
tion. The melting showers of grace may de- 
scend upon it, but they do not soften its nat- 
ure, or change its immobility. 

But to look to the feeiiiigs, or to depend 
upon them as the sole evidence of our ac- 
ceptance with God is also a very great error. 
We are called to walk by faith and not by 
sight. We may not always feel the sweet 
influences of God's presence in the heart, we 
may oftener feel the rod of his chastening, 
but that is no evidence that we .^re forsaken 
of him. To the contrary, chastening, eor- 
rows, clouds, darkness may be just as good 
evidence of grace as the joy unspeakable. 

Jesus was no less the Son of God in Geth- 
semaue, or on Calvary, than in the hour of 
his triumph and glory. When we walk by 
faith, we may often have rich experiences of 
abounding joy and victory, and if on such 
occasions we are constrained to shout, it 
would, by no means, be a breach of Christian 

propriety. It is several times mentioned in 
the Scriptures in connection with the great- 
est triumphs and mightiest joys that ever 
came into the world's history. Thus David 
describes the ascension of our Lord : "God ie 
gone up with a shout;" and Paul bia second 
comiog thus: "For the Lord himself shall de- 
scend from heaven with a Bhout." Isaiah 
exhorts the redeemed people to ehout because 
of the great salvation which God has pro- 
vided throueh his Son (chapter 12, verse 6); 
and again he exhorts us to shout for joy of 
the gospel (chapter 42: 11 and 44: 23). At 
the laying of the foundations of the second 
temple the people shouted for joy. Ezra 3; 

The multitudes that surrounded our Sav- 
ior in his triumphant entry into Jerusalem 
shouted, "Hosanna to the son of David," 
"Hosanna in the highest." Thus we see that 
it ia an appropriate expression of extraordi- 
nary joy, and therefore should not be lightly 
spoken of, or prohibited, lest we "quench the 

But there was one occasion npon which 
the people of God shouted by express com- 
mandment from the Lord, and, be(3aus0 of 
the valuable lessons which we may derive 
from it, we will closely examine the circum- 
stances. When the children of Israel cross- 
ed the Jordan and invested Jericho, the Lord 
commanded them to compass the city for sev- 
en days, in a particularly prescribed order of 
procession. On the seventh day they were 
to compass the city seven times, and then all 
the people were commanded to gsout, when 
the Lord would immediately throw down the 
walls of the city, and deliver it into their 

This was to be a victory of faith. No bat- 
tering-ram or scaling ladders were to be used 
against the walls; not a stone was to he 
thrown against them. The Lord himself 
would throw them down. Yet how minute 
were the Lord's directions to the children of 
Israel, and how carefully must they obey his 
orders ! 

How strange and inadequate appeared 
their daily performance of tramping around 
the city and blowing rams*' home. "V/hat 
was the use of ail this nonsense?" may have 
been asked by the worldly-wise among the 
people, such as those who now- a- days talk 
about the non-eesentiality of this and that 
command! If the Lord was going to thro?/ 
down the walls, what is the use of all this 
trouble? So they reason now. "We are to 
be saved by faith; the Lord is going to throw 
down the walls of our sin, and capture its 
stronghold, and slay all our spiritual ene- 
mies. There is nothing for us to do but be- 
lieve. Our doing will not help us any. It 
is indeed a work of faith, hut where there is 
ivillfal disobedience, there can be no faith. A 
presumptuous neglect of the least command- 
ment of the Lord may be fatal to our souls. 
When we have done what he has told ua to 
do, no matter how useless or irrelevant it 
may seem to us, we may then exp§ct to see 
the finger of God. The walls of Jericho will 
speedily fall down, and we shall enjoy the 
fruits of victory. 

But notice again the particular circum- 
stances of this transaction. They were to 
shout at the end of the last circuit, while yet 
the walls stood firm, with not a stone remov- 
ed from its place. There was no change 
whatever in the situation, yet Joshua com- 
manded them to shout, "for the Lord your 
Qod hath given you the city." Some doubt- 
er, eome modern professor who will not be- 
lieve without visible evidences, might have 
said, "Hold on Joshua, wait until the walls 
fall down, and then shout." "What if the 
walls should not fall, wouldn't we look like a 
pack of fools out here, yellicg like madmen?" 
But Joshua says, "Shout!" and down come 
the walls. Thia is faith. It is well illus- 
trated by an old, colored man, celebrated for 
his faith, who was assked what he would do if 
the Lord should command him to jump 
tbrcugh a stone wall. He replied, "Why, 
eah, I wud Jump, and de Lord would put me 
through de wall." 

The Lord has given us commands and 
promises. Through the obedience of the 
one, not as a source of merit, but as a sign 
of faith, we realize and enjoy the other. Are 
you concerned about your acceptance with 
God? (I speak to those who have entered 
into covenant.) Receive the assurance of 
your acceptance by faith. Do not wait until 
the walls of your anxiety shall fall down, but 
shout your victory now, for the mouth of the 
Lord has spoken it. Has He not said, "He 
that believeth on the Son hath eternal life"? 
"The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth 
from all sin." "He that eometh to me I will 
in nowise cast out." Are you troubled about 
indwelling sin, your besetments, and the as- 
saults of Satan? Remember, this is the vic- 
tory which overcometh the world, even your 
faith. Your most desperate struggles will 
fail, but faith in Jesue will get you the vic- 
tory, for he has already overcome the world. 

"He that is in you is stronger than he that 
is in the world." The devil is already con- 
quered, and every time he assails you, shout 
this victory of the Lord right into his ears. 
The world says, "Seeing is believing," but 
the Christian must say, "Believing is seeing." 
That is the difference. Nothing can be sur- 
er than God's Word. When you have that 
Word on your side, either for healing of body 
or soul, do not try to hide your unbelief by 
"wresting the Scriptures," as many do, but 
take God's simple Word as it reads, and 
"believe that you receive," even before you 
see it or feel it. So will you get the victory, 
and the shout of faith shall quickly give place 
to the joyful shout of full fruition. 

A Side Study. — Let a professional man, 
or any man, when he starts in life, have a 
side study, be it history, or a language, or 
poetry, or any other branch of natural histo- 
ry or geology, and let him give it the frag- 
ments of his time, and he will be surprised 
at his own acquisitions. The whole toiie of 
his thoughts end life will be elevated; the 
change of subject will be his best recreation. 
And what ia thus true in literature and sci- 
ence is more so in religion, end in all that re- 
lates to duty. 


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Bridge, Md., where his correspondents should 
address him. 

Two were added to the Beach Grove 
church, Madison Co., Ind., recently, by bap- 
tism. So Bro. D. E. Eichards informs us. 

Bbo. D. C. Moomaw reports a good meet- 
ing at the Valley church, Botetourt Co., Va. 
Hope we shall have a full report of the meet- 
ing soon. 

Ihe General Missionary Committee meets 
in Mt. Morris on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, 1887. 
Considerable business vv^ill come before the 

Beg. Hoi'E is at this time laboring for the 
Brethren at Ames, Iowa. He will remain 
there several months, and may be addressed 
at that place until March 1, 1887. 

We still have on hand a large supply of 
Almanacs for 1SS7. Those who have not al- 
retdy done so, should order at once. Price, 
10 cents per copy; SI. 00 per dozen. 

Feom Three Oaks, Mich., we have a letter, 
containing money for an Almanac. The 
writer failed to sign his name, and will have 
to do without the Almanac until he sends his 

This week we issue a Supplement with the 
Messekgeb for the accommodation of some 
who wish to advertise. Please read the Sup- 
plement, and you may find something that 
will be of use to you. 

Just now our cfi&ce is crowded with work. 
Bro. Amick works far into the night, and yet 
the letters accumulate on his hands. Our 
brethren will please have patience, and all 
will receive attention in due eeason, 

Bed, J. C. Murray is expected to begin a 
series of meetings at the Silver Creek meet- 
ing-house near this place on the 25th inst. 

Bed. Elias Mongold, of Strickler, Wash- 
ington Co., Ark., would like to hear from his 
brothers and sisters in the fleeh. He has 
lost all track of them. If any of them should 
read this notice, they will please address 
Bro. M. as above. 

Eead Bro. J. M. Snyder's appeal in this 
issue of the Messenger for Der Bruederhoie, 
our German paper. Every German family 
in the Brotherhood ought to take a copy of 
the paper. Let all help in the work of extend- 
ing the circulation and the usefulness of our 
German paper. 

Bro. Jas. E. Gish, writing from Stuttgart, 
Ark., Dec. 17, says: "Just returned from 
Fairmount, where we had six meetings. At- 
tendance was fair and attention good. Found 
the people friendly and sociable. In the vi- 
cinity of this place we expect to form our 
settlement of Brethren. It is about six miles 
from the railroad. The town is just starting, 
with a railroad graded, which, it is thought, 
will soon be finished." 

During the two weeks' vacation, our breth- 
ren here will be actively engaged in preach- 
ing the Word. Bro. Eoyer goes to Franklin 
Grove to hold meetings, Bro. Sharp will hold 
forth the Word at Iowa City, Iowa, and Bro. 
0/r will preach at home. Bro. E S.Young 
and wife will visit with Bro. Y's. parents in 
Ohio, and Bro. Jas, M. Neff will go to Indi- 
ana. We trust that the labors of our breth- 
ren in the Master's work may be blessed in 
the conversion of sinners. 

We have many evidences of the good work 
being done by the Messenger. A dear broth- 
er writes us from Virginia as follows: "Our 
church paper has been a messenger of the 
gospel to wife and self, for I firmly believe 
that it has been the means, in God's hands, 
of bringing us to the truth as it is in Jesus. 
We were both members of the New School 
Baptist church when I subscribed for the 
Messenger. By reading it carefully, in con- 
nection with the Bible, we found that we did 
not occupy safe ground, and last July we 
made the good choice by coming to the 
c'mrch. We ask all of God's people to pray 
for us, that we may hold out faithful," 

Bro. a. M. Flowers, M. D., of Adrian, 
Mich., in speaking of the Messenger, says: 
"I want to say that the Brethren's journal, 
the Gospel Messenger, has improved very 
much, both in its mechanical and literary de- 
partments. Able pens are communicating 
lively, interesting articles for its pages. This 
improvement has been especially marked 
since the consolidation of the Eastern and 
Western papers, and the literary character of 
the paper has been steadily improving. I at- 
tended the A, M. in Indiana when the con- 
solidation of our church papers was effected, 
and it was a grand consummation for our 

New subscribers are coming in very en- 
couragingly, and we are glad to notice that 
in many places our agents are securing a 
good many new subscribers. We hope they 
will one and all continue the work. Those 
who are not called upon by our agents can 
send their renewals direct to us. 

We have the following good news from 
Bro. J. C, Murray, of North Manchester, 
Ind. He says, "We closed our meetings at 
Edna Mills, Dec. 17, with thirteen additions 
by baptism. When we commenced our 
meeting at this place, there were fightings 
without and fears within, but, blessed be the 
name of the Lord, he has triumphed glor- 
iously and his name was honored with the 
above results. Came home to rest and have 
commenced meetings in our own congrega- 
tion." May the Lord bless his labors! 

Bed. S, W. Hoover, of Dayton, O,, spent 
a few days with us, recently, looking up the 
interest of the Tract Work, of which he is 
Foreman. Bro. Hoover is full of zeal for the 
work, and has the energy and push to make 
things move. He left Mt, Morris with a sub- 
stantial reminder that the brethren here are 
ready and willing to assist in the good work 
of spreading the gospel. During his stay 
with us he preached once at the Silver Creek 
meeting-house, and twice in the College 
Chapel. We were all sorry that his stay 
was so short. Come again, Bro. S. W. 

Once upon a time, it so happened that a 
very worthy poor brother was compelled, 
much against his own inclinations, to ask 
the church for help. The desired help was 
quickly and freely given, and the poor broth- 
er was made to rejoice that the brethren were 
not forgetful of the obligations placed upon 
them by the divine Master himself, when he 
said, "The poor you have with you always, 
and you can do them good when you will." 
Sometime after this it fell to the lot of one 
of the brethren to examine a set of books be- 
longing to a retail grocery merchant, from 
whom the poor brother, above referred to, 
bought his Hour and other necessaries of life. 
Judge of his surprise, when looking over the 
items purchased, he found that almost every 
two weeks the account showed an entry like 
this: "To one pound of tobacco, 80 cents." 
Upon making an estimate, it was found that, 
at this rate, from "^15 to $20 per year had 
been spent for tobacco. After considering 
the matter carefully, the brother, who had 
examined the merchant's books, concluded 
that the church had been doing wrong in 
giving money to help a brother supply him- 
self with an article to gratify the lust of the 
flesh. We are convinced that the brother 
was right in his conclusions; not that we 
think it is worse for a poor man to use to- 
bacco than the wealthy. The brother whom 
God has blessed with means, and who spends 
it for tobacco, is more to blame than the 
poor, for he should, on account of his superi- 
or blessings, set an example for others; but 
we do think that, when a brother asks the 
church for help, he should first put away to- 

Jan. 4, 1887. 



By request we publish the address of 
the Treasurers o? the General Mission Board 
and of the Brethren's Tract Work. All mon- 
ey for Tract Work should be sent to J. A. 
Hepner, Treasurer, Dayton, Ohio. Money 
for Home and Foreigo Missions and for 
building meeting-houses, should be sent to 
D. L. Miller, Treasurer, Mt. Morris, 111. 
Please keep this notice for future reference. 


A POET once sang, 

"Religion is the chief concern 
Of mortals here below." 

And these words have been repeated ir- 
numerable times by men and women profesg- 
ing Christianity, whose chief concern is not 
religion but who give a hundredfold more of 
their time to getting on in the world than to 
serviag God. The true measure of our con- 
cern and interest in any undertaking, is the 
time we spend and the exertions we put forth 
to make it a success. 

Take, for exftmple, a man who has plenty 
to live on and some to spare. He is a mem- 
ber of a church. Six days of the week he 
labors incessantly. This time he eiives to 
adding to his wealth. Sunday comes and he 
is tired physically and would like to stay at 
home and bleep, but he feels that he ought 
to go to church ; he goes and sleeps there. 
To him the exercises are long and tedious. 
Tne minister announces the hymn; it may 
ba the one at the head of this article. The 
hymn is sung and while the melody resounds 
through the house, the man's mind is busy 
with his business affairs. During prayer he 
makeH an effort to be devotional but his busi- 
ness invades his thoughts. Then comes the 
sirmon through which he dczes and sleeps. 
He wonders why the preacher is dull and 
tedious, never dreaming that his own soul is 
deadened by the cares of life. After meet- 
ing, a vlfcit is made to a friend or neigbor. 
The time is spent in speaking of worldly af- 
fairs. Evening comes, home is reached, the 
work is done, and even without calling the 
family together to offer an evening sacrifice, 
they lie down, and rise up in the morning, 
forgetting to thank God for his goodness to 

In the above case, and it is not by any 
means an imfiginary one, it would not be dif- 
ficult to decide that the chief concern of such 
a man is to get on in the world, — that he is 
seeking first the kingdom of this world and 
its riches, hoping, doubtless, that somehow 
in the end the kingdom of heaven will be 
added to him. What a fallacy! How self- 
deceived! Ah, the deceitfulness of the riches 
of this world ! He who trusts in them will 
surely come to naught. The trouble with 
this poor man is that he has wrong notions 
of life, and the church is partly responsible 
for it. We have, somehow or other, come to 
look upon a brother who does not get on in the 
ivorld as not worthy of our fall reepeet. 

How often do we hear it said that such a 
brother is a good honest man but he doea 
not get along very well; he don't get on in the 
world. The good Master, judged by our faiee 
notions of a saceeseful life, made an entire 
failure. He had not where to lay his head. 
The God of the universe became poor for 
our sakes, not only that he might redeem us, 
but that he might leave us an example of 
true success. 

We must work, for a lazy man cannot be a 
true Christian. God never intended as to 
idle away our days, to have a good time, as 
the saying goes. It is by woiking at some 
useful employment that we are to secure 
means for doing good in the world. This 
world is the training place of oharacter, and 
character is developed by work, by hardship, 
and by trials; these call out our strength and 
discipline us and make true euccess possible 
for us. Ease, comfort, and luxury relax hu- 
man energy and result in a weak character. 
No man has a right, so long aa ho has physi- 
cal and mental health and strength, to retire 
and settle down to a listless sort of a life. 
Work is a duty, and the man who doas not 
work shall not eat, applies to the rich as 
well as the poor. 

But we must be careful not to fall into the 
error that our work is to be directed towards 
making money for the sake of money. This 
is a fatal mistake, and many fall into it. 
The case cited above is of this character. 
The result of this false notion is that getting 
on in the world, making money, accumulat- 
ing a fortune, is made of the first importancs 
in life, whereas it should never be mere than 
a secondary consideration. The words of 
Christ should forever settle this question. 
"Sack first the kingdom of heaven." The 
man who reverses this order, no matter what 
his professions of Christianity may be, and 
makes getting on in the world the first consid- 
eration of his life, simply deceives himself. 
The God he worships is not the God of heav- 
en, but his God is the riches of the world 
and in his heart is an idol; its name is gold. 

The true road to success is to begin life 
by consecrating ourselves wholly to God; 
then work, trusting in him for the result. 
If our labors are blessed and money comes 
to us, let us see that we use it properly. If 
we are the Lord's, then our time, our labor 
and all that we have and are, belong to him. 
A consecrated life lays all at the foot of the 
cross, reserves nothing, keeps nothing back, 
"all for Christ and none for self," is the feel- 
ing of the heart wedded to Jesus. Such a 
one can sing joyously and gladly, 

"Take my life and let it be 
Consecrated, Lord, to thee, 
Take my hands and let them move 
At the impulse of thy love." 

If we, as professing Christians, had more 
of Christ in our lives and less of self, what a 
grand work we might accomplish! Then 
would there be not bo muoh of the world 

miagled with our devotions. We would 
v/cik faithfully, but the increase would be 
laid at the Lord'.-i feet. The gospel, in its 
primitive Himplieity, would be spread over 
this laud from its length to its breadth. The 
many calls for the preaching of Gad's word 
would be filled and thougands of soula would 
rejoica in the saltation of our God, who now 
are wandering in darkness. May God help 
U9, as professing ChriBtians, to awake from 
our sleep and to throw off the lethargy that 
our efforts to make money has brought upon 
us. May we ail, aa we enter upon this new 
year of grace, determine once for all to conse- 
crate ourselves and all that we have to Him 
who died that we might live. If we do this, 
we may be assured that we shall get on in 
this world in the best and truest sense, and 
enjoy eternal life at the right hand of God. 




The above a aeation has been asked through 
the Messengeb, and it is right that it should 
be answered. There has not really been 
much done yet, and it is not the fault of the 
Baard. Some time ago we announced that 
the Board was ready to receive calls from 
churches that needed ministerial aid, and 
from places where there are some prospects 
of doing mission work. Only one call has 
been made, and that hes been responded to. 
Bro. Snyder, of Waynesboro, Pa., was sent 
by the Board to Eannettsburg, Pa., and he 
reports some interest there. The weather 
was very inclement, part of the time, and the 
congregations small, except towards the 
close, when the weather was more favorable. 

On the whole, the outlook at Fannettsburg 
and in Path Valley is encouraging, and it is 
probable that some seed is sown. When the 
weather is more pleasant, another series of 
meetings will be held, and in the meantime 
an effort will be made to have ministers, liv- 
ing in the nearest congregations, fill appoint- 
ments. There should be a resident minister 
there, but until such an arrangement can be 
made, the Board will do what it can in way 
of supply. 

Some of our brethren do not seem to un- 
derstand the Board's method of doing work. 
First, let it be distinctly understood that all 
calls must be mads to our Foreman, Seth F. 
Myers, Shiileysburg, Pa. If you want the 
Board to supply you with a minister, do not 
write to those who have been appointed as 
missionaries, but to our Foremen, Please 
note this carefully. 

We further state that the Board is in read- 
iness to fill proper calls. Indeed, we are not 
only ready, but anxious to do the work as- 
signed us. We have some funds in the 
Treasury, and if some effectual work could 
be done, we feel assured that the needed 
fnuds .rould be forthcoming. 

J. B. Brttmbauqh, Seq. 



Jan. 4, 1887. 

>OTEJi riI03l OIK COKIlESrOM)i:>Tj!. 

"As cold water is to a thirsty soal, so is good uews from 
8 iV.r coi:uiry." 

— T. T. Henry writes an obituary on the 
death ol the little daughter of Bro. John 
snd sister Baker. Sae was aged tvyo years, 
two mouths aud two dsys. Faaeral eervicee 
byEld. S. D. Hsre. 

—Sister Eena S. Miller, of the Dry Creek 
Churcb, Io\78, esys that Bro. H. Iv. Taylor, 
of the Deep Eiver ehurch waa with thero, 
and preached eleven interesting Bernions for 
them. The church is much encouraged on 
its ■way Zionward. Their Sunday-echool la 
still in prcgrese. 

— Si.<iter S. J. Coffm'in oilers eome thoughtn 
on 2Sew Year's day, and a&ks how many will 
attend chureh on that day, rather than go 'o 
Bome place of amusement? She exhorts us 
all to be faithful to cur calling in Christ Je- 
sus, and to abstain from every appearance 
of evil. 

—Bro. T. C. Weiand writes that Bro. F. 
TVeimer came to the Chippewa church, 
Wayne Co., 0., Xov. 19, aacl preached for 
them ten days. The members were much 
streDgthened, and three were baptized. "Bro. 
Weimer gave us much good counsel, which 
all will do well to heed.' 

— Bro. A. B. ililler, of the Antioch congre- 
gation, Ind., sends us this item of church 
news: "Bro. Daniel Caylor preached for us 
at Monument City for a short time, TVe had 
large audiences and good attention. We 
trust that some seed was sown, that will 
bring forth fruit not many days hence. Breth- 
ren, pray for us!" 

— The Sunday-school at New Windsor, 
Carroll Co., Md., closed on the last Sunday 
in November. One hundred and forty schol- 
ars were enrolled. 13,411 Scripture verses 
were committed. A Bible- class will continue 
during the winter. It meets at the mem- 
bers' houses on Vredneeday evening of each 
week. So leports our brother, Uriah Engler. 

— Bro. D. B. GibEon, of Canton, II!., writee, 
"Bro. I. M. Gibson is here in the midst of a 
glorious meeting. We have several applica- 
tions for baptism. He goes from hsre to 
Spring Bud, Fulton Co. Then he goes t3 
Loraine to hold a public discussion with a 
Disciple minister, on the difTerence in the 
faitii and practice of the two churches. Bro. 
J. A. Negly has been elected to the office of 

— Bro. Silas Hoover says: "By request of 
the West Kimishillen churcb, Bro. Noah 
Longaiiicker and the writer commenced a 
eeries of meetings, Nov. 25. On account of 
the illness of Bro. Longanecker's wife, he 
left for home next morning. The meetings 
continued until the eveningof Dec. 1. Daiing 
this time four were added to the church by 
baptism. Bro. Samuel Sprangle, Young and 
Shrantz are the ministers. Bro. Sprangle 
presides over said church. May the Lord 
abundantly bless these Brethren, that they 
may walk worthy of the vocation wherewith 
they are called! The prospect for an ingath- 
ering of precious souls, in the future, is en- 

—Both Eld. Samuel Murray and A. H. 
Snowberger send reports of the meetings in 
tbe Sdlimonie church, Ind. Bic. I. J. Eosen- 
berger wsa with them, and preached thirty- 
two sermons. Saints were revived and sin- 
ners awakened. Twenty made the good con- 
fesbion, and were baptized. Tbe meetings 
closed with a good interest and a general 
good feeling. 

—Sister A. M. Fifer has this to say to 
Christian soldiers: "Stand by your colors; 
unfurl your banners and hoist them high, 
that friend and foe may know where you 
stand! Fight manfully for the cause you 
have espoused. Follow every command of 
your leader, and never desert Mm! Be brave; 
stand firm in the thickest of the fight, and 
never surrender, and at last the victory will 
be won!" 

— Under date of Dec. 14, Bro. Geo. B. 
Eoyer writes: "The Dallas Center church is 
having a season of refreshing from the Lord. 
Bro. D. Eowland came among us and remain- 
ed a few days; then our home ministers had 
some meetings. Bro. J. S. Mohler from 
Kansas, is among us, holding forth the Word 
of Life. He will remain some time yet. 
Hope he may have some sheaves gathered in 
during these meetings." 

— Bro. C. J. Hooper, of Sabetha, Kan., re- 
ports a very interesting series of meetings in 
their church. Bro. Archy VanDyke, of Be- 
atrice, Neb., came to them Nov. 23, and re- 
mained until Dec. 13. He was assisted by 
Bro. Jacob Whitmore, of Missouri. One 
dear sister united with the church. Others 
expressed a willingness to come, but defer- 
red it for this time. Oh, may they not put 
it off too long! 

— Bro. Daniel Prough writes from Terry- 
ton, Finney Co., Kan., that they have meet- 
ing every Lord's day. There are about forty 
members living in Finney, Scott, and Lane 
counties who desire to be organized into a 
church as soon as possible. Ministers trav- 
eling over the Atchison, Topeka and Santa 
Fe E E. will be met at Garden City, if they 
will notify Bro. Prough as above. Those de- 
siring cheap homes will also address him. 

— Bro. B. F. Britt, of Missouri, has a good 
word to say for the Messenger. He thinks 
it is worth many times its cost, and believes 
that every family in the Brotherhood would 
take it if they knew its worth. It gives him 
BO much good food for the soul that he feels 
to thank God and take fresh courage. Bro. 
B. is also much interested in the raissionary 
work, and often wonders how brethren can 
pray, "Thy kingdom come," and yet do so 
little for it! 

— Bro. M. E. Brubaker, of the Kansas 
Center church, Kansas, says: "This church 
was organized in June, 1886, with eighteen 
members. We now have twenty-nine. We 
held a series of meetings recently where the 
Brethren have never preached before. A 
few copies of the Messenger and the 'House 
We Live In' had been distributed. Thet^e 
awakened an inquiry and an anxiety to learn 
more of the Church, hence the meetings. 
We hope the effort may result in the aaiva- 
tion of souls." 

— Bro. J.iicob Moss, of Greene, Iowa, in- 
forms us that they organized a prayer-meet- 
ing, July 3rd, and that all are interested in J 
it. The subject discussed Dec. 11, was, 
"How to guide the tongue." Bro. J. F. Eik- 
enberry and others started Deo. 7th, to visit 
friends and relatives at Odage, Minn. Bro. 
Eikenberry intended to hold a series of meet- 
ings, near Osage, and the hope is expressed 
that he may hold forth the Word with power 
and sow some good seed that may bring forth 
fruit to the honor and glory of God. 

— Bro. Samuel Whieler, of the Owl Creek 
church, Knox Co., O., reports that Bro. Ed- 
ward Loomis commenced meetings for them 
Nov. 13, and continued to the 25th, and then 
"bade us farewolL We were sorry to see him 
go away. Two who had been members of 
the church in Pennsylvania, and who had 
identified themselves here with the Progres- 
sives, were received into church fellowship. 
Later, another sister who had gone away 
made an open confession and came back to 
the church. Good impressions were made 
and others are almost persuaded. We all 
say, Bro. Loomis, come again." 

— From the Limestone church, Tenn., Bro. 
Henry M. Sherfy writes that they held their 
quarterly council Nov. 10. One was added 
to the church by baptism. Nov. 5 and 6 the 
District Meeting was held at the same place. 
The churches were pretty well represented 
by delegates and others. The business be- 
fore the Meeting wss disposed of in a satis- 
factory manner. Two queries were sent to 
Annual Meeting. At the time Bro. Sherfy 
wrote, Dec. 9, the ground was covered with 
snow to the depth of two feet and seven inch- 
es. The anow was so heavy that several 
buildings were broken down. 

—Bro. J. H. Mason, of the Wakendah 
church, Mo., thinks the Sunday-school can 
be made an important help in the work of 
the Chxucb. Their school was closed recent- 
ly. They had a good attendance, good or- 
der, and excellent interest throughout the 
season. A Bible-class every Sunday evening 
takes the place of the school during tbe wir- 
ter. "In looking over those who have lately 
come to Christ, we notice not a few of our 
Sunday-school scholars. The good seed 
sown is already beginning to ripen. May 
the Lord blees us in the Sunday-school work, 
so that wo may bring up our children in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord." 

— Bro. Jno. C. Jonee, of Frankfort, Ohio, 
writes of their feast, which was held Nov. 4. 
The little band of members is in peace and 
union. A number of brethren from a dis- 
tance were with them. The ministers pres- 
ent were Samuel Horning, Jesse Eoyer and 
Landon West. The attendance was large. 
The house was not large enough to hold all 
the people. "On Nov. 5 Mr. Amos Ulen of 
this place dropped dead a short distance 
from his home. Death is certain, and how 
often does it come unexpectedly! May we 
all so live that we may be ready to meet the 
messenger v/hen he comes to us. We hope 
ministering brethren passing this way will 
stop with us. The harvest is great, but the 
laborers are few." 


Jaa. 4, 1887, 



— From Bro. John H. Brumbaugh, of 
Ohio, we have the following: "The corre- 
spondents of Eld. Henry Jones will please ad- 
dress him at West Milton, Miami Co., O., in- 
stead ol West Hamilton, as the new almanac 
has it. The Salem church, O,, is in peace as 
far as I know. At our last council-meeting 
one siater was received by baptism. Bro. I. 
J. Rosenberger is to commence a series of 
meetings on Dec. 16, in the south-west- 
ern part of the district. We are also look- 
ing for Bro, A. Hutchison, of Missouri, to 
hold a meeting in our central house. That 
these two able gospel hammers may be in- 
strumental in the hands of God of doing 
much good, is my prayer." 

— From Bro. 0. C. Arnold, we have the 
following notes: "Our council-meeting took 
place Dec. 4; one wanderer was restored to 
his former position in the church, — If any 
brother can sing the 420th hymn in our se- 
lection, and especially the last half of the 
second verse, without getting puzzled, he will 
confer a favor on us by sending us the tune. 
Who v/ill send it? — The little tract, entitled 
'Come, Let Us Eeason Together,' has done, 
no doubt, an immense sight of good to both 
smokers and chewers, but it probably would 
be more readily accepted, and would take 
better, had the brother who pxit it in circula- 
tion, attached his name to it, — The Mes- 
senger, Golden Daion and Young Disciiole 
make their regular visits. Long may they 
live and prosper ! — Our series of meetings 
fcji? baen set to begin on the 31st of Decem- 
ber. We look forward to the time with 
pleasure, hoping to have a good time. — The 
brethren of the Somerset church are at this 
time holding a series of meetings. Bro. 
John H. Cay lor, of Hamilton Co., Ind., is 
preaching for them." 

— Bro. Daniel Bhively, of New Paris, Ind,, 
gives this account of his trip to Ohio. "By 
request, we give a report of our visit to Ohio, 
We met with the dear Brethren at the south 
end of the R 3me church, Ohio. Within a 
short distance of their house of worship are 
four or five meeting houses, of different or- 
ders. Our labors for the first week were 
somewhat discouraging. Bro. Jacob Hei- 
stand, our helper, was disabled by rheuma- 
tism. The nights were dark and cold and 
the meetings small, but as the weather grew 
more favorable, the house was well filled, 
and a good interest manifested. This place, 
like many others, demands the Brethren's 
silent mission work, — tracts. We think 
there is room here for more religious zeal. 
The officials seem well united and are will- 
ing to work. About the close of our meet- 
ing two united with the church; others are 
counting the cost, whilst some, we fear, are 
standing in close relation with Lot's wife. 
We parted from the Brethren with tears, to 
meet no more in this life. On our homeward 
way we stopped at Finlay, which is the prin- 
cipal natural gas district in Ohio. To walk 
through the town at night and to see the 
numerous gas jets illuminating the sky, 
the flames apparently licking the heavens, 
reminded the writer of the great conflagra- 
tion for which this earth is reserved." 

— Bro. D. D, Bonsacke, of the Meadow 
Branch church, Md., hag this to aay about 
their church: "As I expected some of my 
elder brethren would give you the glorious 
news from our arm of the great Brotherhood 
before this, I did not write; but my eup run- 
neth over, and I write that all may rejoice 
with us that sinners are fleeing from the 
wrath to come. Thanksgiviag day, although 
the rain fell in torrents, we repaired to the 
waterside, where prayer was made and seven 
dear souls (all young) were taken into the 
liquid stream, and buried v/ith Christ in 
baptism and raised to walk in newness of 
life, we hope. On Sunday foliowirsg, four 
more made the good confession, making, in 
all, nineteen added by baptism in three 
months, in age ranging from twelve to sixty- 
five years, the majority being young, and 
having bright and already weii-developed 
minds. Our prayer is that they may prove 
faithful, so that their associates (some of 
whom are already counting the cost) may de- 
cide to come out on the Lord's side. Oar 
love-feast is in the past. We had a feast in- 
deed. About 500 members communed. At 
least twenty ministers from abroad were 
with us. The weather was fine, the order, 
the preaching, and the singing were very 
good; with a corps of brethren like D, Eeker- 
man, J. Shamberger, J. F. Oiler, W. A. 
Gaunt, S. Stoner, Valentino Bioiigh and a 
number of others, meetings are always good. 
Bro. Amos Caylor is our elder, and is faith- 
ful to his calliag." 


''Write what thou saest— and send it unto the charchea." 

From Mitchell, llice Co., Kasi. 

ed. The membeis were much encouraged. 
I am on my way to Prairie City, Jaeper 
Go, Bro. Dierdojff goes to Dallas Center, 
while the resb of the ministers are atiendicg 
the meetings at home, hoping to have Bro. 
Mohler -^vith thesa soon. The ministers in 
this part of the vineyard have much home 
mission work to do. There are many isolat- 
ed members scattered around us. Pray for 
u«, that wo may faithfully use opportunities 
m they come. J, D, Haughtelin, 

Dec. 10, 1886. 

From Bloomville, Ohio . 

A SERIES of meetings was commenced Nov. 
27thia theBaneea church, and closed Dec. 
Schwith three additions. One young sister, 
of. tvvelve years of age, was the nest to make 
the good confessioo. Bro. O. F. Yount, of the 
Miami Valley, did the preaching. Bro. O. F. 
is vAhe to the work or saving souls. 

Oar fourth qaarterly council meets on 
Christmas day, when, we hope to make 
some additions to the tract and missionary 
£and. S. A. Walker, 

G^ood News from Scalp Licvel, Pa, 

Our faithful elders, M, E. Brubaker and 
Jonathan Brubaker, commenced a series of 
meetings eight miles south-east of Mitchell, 
on the night of Nov. 28, Continued till Dee. 
3, with more than ordinary interest. The 
doctrine of the Brethren was never heard of 
in this section before, and it was dealt out ia 
its simplicity and power. There are no ad- 
ditions yet, but the bread cast on the water 
may be gathered not many days hence. The 
meetings will be held every fourth Sunday. 

In my last I gave notice to those mem- 
bers, contemplating moving among us, to 
keep away from land agents. Since some of 
our brethren are land agents, I would say 
that we consider such safe and reliable, — 
They will do right to both buyer and seller. 
When necessary, call on them. 

Isaac S. Brubaker, 

Froni Panora, la. 

On the evening of Oct. 29th, Eld, J, M, 
Mohler commenced a series of meetings in 
the Ridge church, ia the extreme southern 
part of oar-(Saade) districb, and continued 
over the following Sunday, when he had to 
close to meet other appoiutmeats. The im- 
mediate result of his labors were six added 
to the church by baptism, one of them a man 
well advanced in years, the others all young 

Last Sandavj Deo. 12; there were services 
in the Scalp Lavel church, at 10 A. M.; also 
at 6: 30 P. M. After the evening service, 
the entire congregation repaired to the creek, 
that flows close by the church, where bap- 
tism was administered by Eld, Musselman. 
The candidates were a young man and his 
wife. The young sister had joined the 
Evangelical church about a year ago, but 
was not satisfied. That denomination is 
makings protracted effort in Scalp Level at 
present, and had persuaded the young broth- 
er to come to the mourner's bench, but after 
a few nights of fruitless mourni-jg and lolead- 
ing, he got disgusted and waated to be im- 
mersed for the remissions of his sins. When 
they made known their iuteiitionti, the min- 
ister tried to prevent it He asked them to 
put it off until their meetisjgs had closed, 
but it was of no use. May they ever remain 
faithful to the covenant they have made. 

Our new church is about ready to be ded- 
icated. J. E. Blough. 

Dec. 13, 1S8G. 

The brethren of the Coon Eiver church, 
hoping to have the presence and help of Bro. 
J. S. Mohler, from Morrill, Kan., commenced 
a series of meetings, in the meeting-house 
near Panora, Dec. (J. Bro. Mohler could not 
then come, and it was concluded to continue 
the meetings a while, with the home minis- 
ters. The meetings grew in interest and at- 
tendance; one was baptizedj and one reclaim- 

Oue luore Saint in Heaven. 

j At the midnight hour on the seventh of De- 
I eember, God saw fi's to relieve Mary J. 
I Htimberd, daughter of Samuel and Lucinda 
1 Hamberd, from her paias. Her age was 17 
1 years, 2 months aiid 11 days. 
i For more than ten years she has been a 



Jan. 4, 1887. 

patient suffer of the dreadful disease, epi- 
lepsy. Daring this period of time, she was 
not free from pwn, not even for so long aa a 
day. At times she was so helpless, that she 
had to rec?ive her nourishment from a spoon; 
she was also a victim of the S". Yitus dauee. 
There were aisuy days in which she had as 
many as ts-enty fits. Bat all her sufferings 
had no effect upon her patience, for she was 
always ready with a smile for us all. When 
very young, she loved to sing the two song?, 
"Happy Land," and "I am going home." 

She was always delighted to have some 
one to sing these two aonge, while she, with 
a broken voice, would kelp on parts that she 
could retain in her memory. 

Those of her age who mij ch?.nce to read 
this, please meditate on this thought: While 
her body had grown to womanhood, her soul 
was ever as that of a little child, and her 
name inscribed upon the Lamb's Book of 
Life. At last God gave her an easy hour in 
which to die, whence the pure white spirit 
took its ffight to Hoaven, and her body was 
laid in the white casket, in her dreamless 
bed. Funeral services were eonducied by 
Bro, Sanford Seawright, from Eev. 21:4. 
Hei; Beother and Sister. 

From Live Oak Cliurcli, Texas. 

Bbo. a. W. YanijIax came to us Dec. 3rd; 
held eight meetings and baptized one. This 
is his third trip, and one was baptized each 
trip. The meetings svere rather small at the 
beginning, on account of the weather being 
unfavorable, but kept steadily increasing un- 
til the close. There seemed to be good im- 
pressions made, and we feel hopeful for the 
future. The weather has been qaite pleasant 
80 far. A fe^y mornings ice frcze about a 
quarter of an inch. W. B. Buckley. 

Weaiherjord, Texas, Dec. 12, 1886. 

From Clear Creek ClnircL, Mo. 

On Oct. 16 and 17, the brethren and sis- 
ters of the above-named church held their 
love- feast, which was well attended, and 
good order prevailed. Bro. Fred Kulp pre- 
sided at the feest. On Sunday he preached 
with the demonstration of the spirit and with 
power. One sister was added to the precious 
compacy of worshipers, making eleven that 
have been added by baptism since last June. 
The brethren and sisters would like to have 
a ministering brother move into their district 
and settle among them. They request the 
ministering brethren, in thoir travels, not to 
forget to call on them. Farms in their neigh- 
borhood can be bought on reasonable terms. 
For further particulars, call on or address 
John A. Ogden, Saline City, Saline Co., Mo. 

John W. Hoi e. 

From Stuttgart, Ark. 

Fob the benefit and information of many 
brethren that are writing private letters of 
inquiry about this country, I will answer 
once for all to the best of my knowledge and 
judgment, and first will say that I cannot 
write much from experience, as I am only 

here ou a prospecting tour, looking after 
what we hope to be the future interest of the 

1. As to the land, there is plenty of good 
prairie land, at from $4 00 to $5.00 per acre. 
Ii is j list beginning to be settled by North- 
ern people; the natives nearly all live at or 
in the timber, and raise cotton. There is 
plenty of cheap timber — large groves of tim- 
ber ecittered through all the prairie, so that 
a person can hardly settle so as to be more 
than two miles from timber. 

2, The soil is pretty good, but not so 
rich as some of our best land in Illinois, and 
at the depth of about two feet the sub- soil is 
a solid clay, through which the water passes 
very slowly. The water seems to lie longer 
on the surface than in some other countries, 
and needs some ditching and surface drain- 
ing in places, but generally there is a good 
fall to the land. 

3 The prospects are that this will be a 
splendid fruit country, especially for pears. 
I think that fruit canning will pay well here, 
if understood and properly managed. 

4 The water here is clear end good, and 
nearly soft. Wells are dug from thirty to 
fifty feet deep, and driven from a hundred 
to a hundred and fifteen feet deep. The 
water is not so cold as in the North, but as 

5. Vegetables of all kinds grow well in their 
season, especially sweet potatoes. Of some 
vegetables they raise two crops in a year. 

6. Cotton, corn, oats, stock peas, millet, 
sorghum, etc., grow here. Hay makicg is 
quite a good business. Prairie hay is cut, 
pressed and shipped at a good profit and 
is abundant. There is plenty of range for 
all kinds of stock. 

7. Produce generally brings a good price ; 
corn and oats about fifty cents per bushel, 
and sells at home to the cotton planters and 

8. Perhaps two months will about covor the 
ordinary winter, and much of that is very 
mild weather. 

it. Many persons that are afflicted with 
such diseases as those of the lungs and 
throat — catarrh, rheumatism, etc, are said to 
be benefited by coming here. Some have 
the chills and fever here at times, but not so 
bad as in the timber and on the bottoms. — 
This has been common in most of the west- 
ern States, however, until the land has been 
brought into proper cultivation: then health 
has improved. 

10. The outlet for produce is nearer the 
southern outlet for produce, by from 500 to 
1,000 miles, than western Kansas or Nebras- 
ka, being near the Mississippi Iliver. 

11. There is a railroad here, running from 
Cairo to Texas, called the Cotton BeltEoute; 
other roads are being surveyed, and the 
prospects are that there will be others built 
in the future. 

12. There is a good living, and even a 
fortune, in different things, to the man that 
has sense enough to see it, and can run 
fast enough to catch it; but it cannot be 
caught with a pack of hounds, nor with a 
shotgun, nor with a fishhook. It will take 

management and work, work, work! It is 
here, and the man who attends to his busi- 
ness will have bread enough and to spare. 
Dairying and stock-raising will pay, if attend- 
ed to. 

13. The people here are very sociable 
and civil, no saloons in Stuttgart, and the 
man that wants one will please drive on to 
the next station. 

14. Church privileges in this neighborhood 
with the Brethren are now in their infancy — 
just commencing — and will be as we (the 
people), under the blessing of God, make 
them. We have decided that this is a good 
point for a missionary station, and we need 
a few families of good, orderly, working mem- 
bers and some wide-awake ministers who are 
willing to preach the gospel free, furnish 
their own clothes and board themselves. Who 
will volunteer at that price? We need all 
these in the work. 

15. The section of country which we have 
selected for our settlement is from four to 
six miles north of Stuttgart Station, and I 
think as good country as can be found on 
this prairie, but we are willing that each one 
shall make his own choice, suit himself, and, 
if the Lord will bless our aims and objects 
and spare our lives, we will try and assist 
until the work can be established, but all 
had better come and see for themselves, as 
men diff'er in their judgment and none can 
tell what the future may develop. Come and 
see. I have made arrangements so that all 
can be accommodated with good meals at 25 
cents each, and board for $3.50 per week, at 
Mr. H, Sprague's, Stuttgart, Ark. 

Now, if you want to know more, come and 
see, as I cannot answer so many private let- 
ters. I will soon leave here, but hope to re- 
turn. Jas. R. Gish. 


As I am receiving many inquiries from 
brethren who wish to know whether the tents 
spoken of in the preceding volume of the 
Messenger, No. 47, page 746, are all contract- 
ed for, I would say that they are not. Send 
your dollar, and rest assured that should any 
money be received after they are all taken, 
it will be returned. 

Olathe, Kan. Isaac H. Cbist, Sec'y. 

In Meinoriam. 

In the Indian Creek church, Montgomery 
Co., Pa., Nov. 21, 1886, Mary Price, aged 89 
years, 10 months and 13 days. 

The subject of this notice was a woman of 
more than ordinary character. She was a 
member of the Indian Creek church for over 
seventy-two years, and was, in every respect, 
an exemplary Christian, a mother in Israel 
and a faithful servant of the church. Her 
maiden name was Anderson. She married 
Bro. Daniel Price, a brother of the celebrat- 
ed preacher and poet. Eld. William Price. 

They had fourteen children, twelve of 
whom reached man and womanhood. Nine 
of them are still living, and attended the fu- 
neral. Her husband died in 1862. During 
our visit in the East, in September, we had 

Jan. i 1887. 



the pleasure of meeting the dear old slater at 
the home of her sob, Eid. Heary Price. She 
retained to a very remarkable degree, all of 
her faculties up to the time of her death, and 
was fully conscious to the last moment of 
her life. She breathed her last without a 
sigh or a struggle, und sweetly fell asleep in 
Jesus. Could she speak to us now, she would 
doubtless tell us how pleasant it is to die in 
the Lord. 

We are indebted to our dear brother, A. H. 
Oassel, for the facts in relation to sister 
Price's life and death. Ed. 

From Milford, ftnl. 

Decbmber 4, I wab sent to Palmer, Lake 
Co., Ind., by our Mission Bosrd, to bold a few 
meetings there. I traveled over the Chicago & 
Atlantic R. R. On my arrival I was inform- 
ed by the people that the appointment had 
been made one week soonpr, and there had 
been a good congregatiou, but at the present 
time there was no coagregHiion. I attecded 
a Methodist meeting near by, and alter the 
services I distributed our tx&ct, "The H.ouee 
We Live lu." 

On Sunday, Mr. Ball, a Baptist minister 
from Crown Point, had an appoiutment in 
the same place and house in which I had in- 
tended to preach. When he learned that I 
bad come 115 miles to hold a few meetings, 
and that I had been wrongly notified as to 
time, he gave me the stand. 

This is a new field, just opened, by our 
Mission Board. Bro. J. V. Felthouse, of 
Goshen, was the first miDister of the Breth- 
ren who ever preached in that section of the 
country. The iJoclriuH taught by the Breth- 
ren is entirely new there, aad people Tend 
our tracts, and then wonder "What strange 
doctrine is this?" and, "How strange theie 
people dress!" 

This point is forty-three miles from Chica- 
go, III. Lake county, Ind., is the largest 
hay and graps county in the State. 15,000 
tons of hay (timothy) have already been 
shipped for this season Bat Httle wheat is 
raised, and not much corn. I do not knosv of 
any of our people living in Lake county, but 
there are precious souls to be saved. 

Brethren of Northern Indiana, remember 
the Home Mission! I wonler whether all 
the elders know what passed at the I is I Dis- 
trict Meeting? How many have aekrd their 
churches for fucda to carry on this noble 
work? At the next District Meetiijg, if it is 
asked why we did not respond to the mif- 
sionary Cill, what will be our excuses? 

J. H. Miller 

From Mojitpelier, Ind. 

I WILL inform you that my address, after 
you get this, will be Frnnkliu, Tenn., instead 
of Montpelit r, Ind. We leave this part of 
God's moral heritage with the deepest of re- 
spect and love to all our neighbors and 
friends, and especially the church of our 
choice. May Gf d's bleesicgs remain and go 
with hU of us until the Gabriel of the last 
and loudest trump shall awake all from sleep 

unto the reeuireclioij morn. I pray that suc- 
cess may crown the Gospel Messekger in 
its silent visits for good. 

William Myeks. 

From Ozawkie, Kan. 

Our services on Thanksgiving Day were 
enjoyed by all who met with ue. It is our 
custom to do fcomething for the Lord on that 
day, besides thanking him for his gcodness. 
We were deeply impressed by that voice 
from the great city of London, and also re- 
membered where Bro. J. H Moore located 
the fault for so little being done by the 
church in the way of raising funds to spread 
the gospel. We felt our reaponsibility, and 
hence made a move to do something. After 
a reference to the call from Landon, six dol- 
lata were raised in a few moments, to be sent 
to the Treasarer, to be used for the spread 
of the light of the gospel of salvation. If it, 
or part of it, should be used to send a mis- 
sionary, or tracts, or paper?, to London, a 
hearty arnen will go up from the Ozawkie 
church. We now send it us a Christmas 
gift. May God's blesfeiiig go with it, and we 
look for the answer in eternity as the results 
of its mission. To the elders of the church 
every- where, let me say, Let us do our duty 
and the church will do her pari! May God 
help us! J. A. Boot. 

From Shady Grove, Pa. 

On Friday, Dec. 10, iu company with one 
of our deacons, Bro. Abner Brindle, of ti e 
Falling Spring congregation, started for 
Martinsbarg, Berkeley Co., W. Va , to attend 
a communion mei't'<u<i at Yrb Cievesville, a 
fettition on the B & O R R , five miles from 
Martinsburg. The name of the congregation, 
over which brethren John Brindle and Jacob 
S lackey preeid;-, I have forgotten. The 
meeting began at 2 P. M , on the 11th, and, 
to my disappointment, met but one minister- 
ing brother, besides their own ministers, Bro. 
B. E Price, of the Antietam church, Waynes- 
biro. Pa. We labored for them as best we 
could About thirty- five members commun- 

There being so few membera, the evening 
services did not continue long. At the first 
part of the services the congregation was 
small, but at the close the house was nearly 
full. The church thinkiag it aeoeasary to 
call a brother to the ministry, an election was 
held. E. P. Maconaughy was chosen to take 
part in the ministry. May the Lord help 
him to be faithful in his calling. 

There were services next day, Sunday, at 
iO A. M , after which Bro. Price left to fill 
an appointment at Mt. Pleasant, some three 
miles distant; also in the evening at Martins- 
burg, while I was left to fill one at Van 
Clevesville the same evening. After the ev- 
ening services Bro. Brindle and I returned to 
Martinsbarg, to the home of Bro. B's. father, 
where we tarried till next morning, and Ihen 
started for oar homes. 

Bro. Brindle, their elder, is a man of some 
seventy years of age, but is alive in the work. 

He Bays he tv\v$]i Kb';w: A15 miloa every 
four weeka, aa-.; has two meetings every Sun- 
day. My sympathy was drawn out toward 
him when he told me of the care and labor 
he had to perform, for a man of his age. His 
co-l&borers are brethren John Barnes, John 
Turner, of North Mountain, and J. W. Jen- 
ningf?, of Marlineburg. Bro. Jennings is a 
conductor on the, hence cannot do 
much in the ministry. Hope the time will 
soon come when he cnn devote more of his 
time to the minietry. Judging from appear- 
ances, he is a brother of good talent. We 
met some friends at the feast we had not 
seen for years; we cAi^o made many new ac- 
qaaintances. We will not regret our short 
but pleasant visit. May the Lord bless that 
church with large ingatherings of precious 
souls into his service. Wm. C. Koontz. 

From Uniou Bridge, Md. 

Israel's faithful few at this place have 
just passed through one of the Lord's rich 
pasture fields of grace. Oar dear brother, 
S. F. Sanger, of Bridgewater, Va., was our 
leader. He commenced delivering the gos- 
pel diet Dec. 3, and continued faithfully in 
the work till Dec. 14, when he gave us his 
farewell discourse. He preached seventeen 
sermons in all. No ndditions to the fold, 
but we trust the harve^st will soon come. 

Bro. S. often led ua over the "delectable 
mountains," causing souls to "rejoice in the 
Lord," but failed not to direct our vision 
while there, to the dangers, the slipping 
places, .and the sloughs found on the mount- 
ains and in the fields of sin. He dispensed 
the gospel medicine in full doses, regardless 
of those who will not receive the heaven-pre- 
scribed remedies and say they are too bitter 
and unpieasant. To please God, and not 
man, is his whole aim. God bless you, broth- 
er, for your labors with ua! Come again, 
and welcome. Grace be with thee and all 
the faithful! Wm, M. LyoN. 

From Povvell'.s Valley Cliurcli, Ore, 

Our quarterly couiacil- meeting was held at 
the home of Bro. John Metzger, Nov: 27, 
1886. There was a fair attendance. The 
members were solicited for the poor fund. 
Notwithstanding the fact that the members 
here are few, they are not slack in giving. 
This in right, for the Lard says, "Inasmuch 
as ye have done it unto the least of these, my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

We were again admonished to be faithful 
to the cause. Brethren and sisters, let us 
not be weary in well doing, and we shall ob- 
tain a crown of righteousness. la the even- 
ing we had preaching by Bro. Josiah A. Roy- 
er, and on the SuQday following, we had an 
excellent eertnoo, preached by Eld. David 
Brower. As yet v.'e have beautiful weather 
We have iiad but very little rain, and there 
are yet mnuy fl )wers in bloom. May we 
press onward and upward to win the prize of 
our high cidling! Margaret Metzger. 

Oresham, Ore, Nov. 2f>, 1886. 



Jan. 4, 1887. 

From Dry Creole Cliurci!, In., 

A VEKY inteiestiKg eyries of meelicgH 
closed at the e.bare-natiied churcli this even- 
icg. Bro. T.-ijior from P^-'p River, la., 
came to us the Ttb, aad preached eleven dis- 
courses. He took for his first two subjects 
'•The Bible;" his first telt, Ltike 12: 18-21, 
Bro. Taylor zealously vielJed the ''Ssv'crd^of 
the Spirit," and his plaia wfiV of reasoning 
cited to us s iiigher plr.neof life, and a great- 
er degree of usefnlaess iuour ilaster'f^ cause. 

Oar brother worked hard for ingath- 
erii3g of precious souls, and alrbcugh there 
■were no addidona to the church !vt thie 
meeting, we feel sure that eoma good has 
been done, and the word preached will be 
as "Bread east upon the veaters, to be 
gathered many daye hence." This evening 
Bro. Taylor addressed us from the avoids, 
"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, 
and we are not saved." Jer. 8:20, 

We feel to thauk Bro. Tcijior for his 
labors while -with us, and nsy prayer i?, that 
he may be spared to do ujueh g^od for the 
church, and after death reap the rp.-^rud in 
the upper and better world. Bro. Kip?, cf 
Minnesota, is ospeeted to hold a series ct 
meetings at this place, commeucisg the 
20ih. Pray for u?, brethren, that naany dear 
souls may be brongat into Oiiriat, who will 
save U3 all in Heaven, if wo obey bis com- 
mandments. Lizzie M. Eogees, 

Toddville, la, Dec. 12. 

Der Brueder'ootc. 

I APPEAL to all the fJesr brethren and sis- 
ters of our beloved Brothc-rhood to take a 
more active part vvith me, in spreading our 
doctriot? among the Germans, for, as Bro. 
Paul Weizel said at the last Annual Meet- 
ing, the Germans have a soul to save, as well 
as those of other countries. 

This is true, and yet Tve are neglecting 
them. There is no ether field in which more 
good can be accomplishad, accordicg to the 
amount of work done, tha.'i among the Ger- 
mans, "Who is to blsrae i? this work is not 
done? Where are car German ministers? 
How many series of meeticgs have been held 
duricg the last ten yeare, conducted by our 
German ministers, in localities where there 
are living a great many Germans? Who 
will answer? Breihren, rejleci! 

Now, if the German preachers do not go 
out and preach to the Germans, I believe 
that it is our duty to see that they, and our 
brethren and sisters everywhere, are stirred 
up to a sense of their duty towards the Ger- 
mans. Many of you are able to send our 
German paper, the Bruederhoie, to at least 
one German family, and pay for it, if the 
parties are not able to do so themeelves. 

Dear brethren and BiHters, I urge you to 
send me the names of those whom you know 
are not taking our German paper. In addi- 
tion to this, let all who are able, send me 
50 cents or SI 00, and I will apply it to the 
poor, to whom I am sending at least 200 cop- 
ies yearly. Fifty cents pays for the Brue- 
derhoie one year, sent to thoee who are not 

able to pay for it themselves. The regular 
price is 81 00, or So cents if clubbed with the 
Messengeu— 82 20 for both. Brethren, help 
us all you eau; I assure you that your dona- 
tioue will be kindly received, and properly 
applied and reported, "The Lord loveth a 
cheerful giver." J. M. Snyder. 

Grundi/ Center, loica. 

Froiu TVaynesboro', Pa. 

News f torn the difi'erent churches never 
comet) emisB. We love to hear good newp, 
and 'each the Messenger brings to us. Now, 
since so many of our dear ministering breth- 
ren are out in the mission field, holding forth 
the Word of Life, may the prayers of those 
of us who are at home, caring for the flocks, 
go forth in their behalf, that they may 
bs efficient workers in the vineyard o£ the 
Lord, in gathering into the fold many prec- 
ious souls that are yet unsaved and away 
trom God. 

Two joined in with us recently. Brethren 
Snider and Oorrell are both out in the mis- 
iiion field, doiiig the Master's bidding. "Go 
ye!" is the watchword — many are the calls. 
Oar council-meeting took place Nov. 13, 
There was considerable business brought be- 
fore the meeting, bat all was disposed of to 
the satiefrction of ail present, and we were 
able to return to our homes by 1 P. M. 

May the Lord help each one of us to abide 
in the love of each other, and thus we may 
espect to abide in the love of God. If we 
say that we love God, and then do not love 
one another, it la .a contradiction and is not 
in hgrmony with God's Word. May we be 
truthful, and ever be faithful to God and our 
profession, walking in the light as obedient 
children. J. F. Oller. 

Literary Notices. 

Thk saloi of 2V«« Ceiituyif Magazine have gone up 
over 30,000 copies in six weeks, since beginning the Life 
of Lincoln. A second edition of December was issued on 
the 15th. A veteran New York publisher predicts that 
the permanent edition of the magazine will go beyond 
.300,000 before the completion of the Lincoln history. 
The .January installment, which is of most surpassing in- 
terest, occupies thirty pages of the magazine, and treats 
of Mr. Lincoln's settlement in Springfield; his practice of 
law in that city; the Harrison campaign; Lincoln's mar- 
riage; his friendship with the Speeds of Kentucky; and 
tbe campaign of 1844. The illustrations are numerous, 
including portraits of .Joshua Speed and wife, of Mrs. 
Lucy G. Speed, Milton Hay, President Harrison, General 
Shields, William H. Herndon (the law partner of Mr. 
Lincoln), and Mr. Lincoln himself, from the photograph 
presented by him to Mrs. Lucy G. Speed, in 1861. Pic- 
lures are given of the bouse where Lincoln was married, 
also the bouse where be lived after his marriage, etc. 

As an exponent of what is freshest and of most im- 
portance in matters pertaining to the Old Testament, 
we commend 71ie Old Testament Student. The De- 
cember number is e.specially welcome to students of the 
Bible who are looking for aids to the study of Genesis. 
In addition to the Editorial, papers by Dr. J. A. Smith, 
"Religion as an Element of Civilization," and by Dr. R. 
Y. Fester, on "Hebrew Prophets and Prophecy," the 
customary "Old Testament Note.s and Notices," "Book 
Notices," and summary of "Current Old Testament Lit- 
erature," we would call attention to an article by Dr. G. 
H. Schodde, on "The Literary Problem of Genesis I. to 
in.," the Notes on the Sunday-school Lessons, by Dr. 

Willis J. Beecher, and a "Hook-Study," by the Editor, 
Dr. Harper, of Genesis 1. to XL, as bearing particularly 
on that part of the Bible which will be fdidied in the 
Sunday-schools next uroath. Sunday school teachers are 
under obligations to this journal for giving them such 
exceedingly valuable help. A sample copy may be had 
for the asking. Chicago: T7/c 0/^7 Testament Student 
Monthly, $1 00 a year. P. 0. Address— Morgan Park, 

A good Lesson Commentary is almost an indispensa- 
ble necessity to the Sunday-school teacher. We have on 
our desk several Commentaries for the year 1887. 

Among these we call attention to Peloubot's Select 
Notes, edited by F. N. audM. A. Peloubet, and publish- 
ed by W. A. Wilde & Co , Boston, Mass. Price, $1.2.5. 
This work is carefully prepared, handsomely illustrated, 
and well printed, on good paper. In fact, in all these re- 
spects, it maybe set down as a first-class commentary. — 
The notes are full, and each lesson is followed by prac- 
tical suggestions to teachers, which are of great value. 

The Christian Publishing Co., of St. Louis, send cut 
an excellent commentary for 1887. Price, $1.00. It is . 
illustrated and contains several maps. The notes were 
prepared by B. W. Jobnson, and are full and complete. 
The work will comnrend itself to Sunday-school teachers. 

The new commentary, from the Standard Publishing 
Co., Cincinnati, 0., for the coming year is also worthy 
of notice. It is supplied with a nuraber cf most excel- 
lent nrap-\ These maps were prepared under tbe direc- 
tion of Prof. McGarvey, whose letters frcm the East were 
published in the Brethren at Worl- some years ago. 
Another important feature of the work is the Geographi- 
cal Notes, by the above- naured writer. The Lesson 
Notes, edited by Dj. Errett and J. W. Monser are 
carefully and laboriously prepared. Price, $1 00 per 

YAGER — HENDRICKS. —At the residence of the 
bride's parents, in the limits of tbe Coon River coa- 
gregation, near Viola Center, Audubon Co., Iowa, 
Dec. .5, by the writer, Mr. Clabe A. Y'iiger and Miss 
Ella E., oldest daughter of Bro. and sister D. W.' 

DEVILBISS-REYNOLDS— At Panora, Iowa, Nov. 
2.^^, by Bro. Moses Dierdoiff, Mr. John Devilbiss and 
sister Sarah Reynolds. J. D. Haughteltn. 

KELLY— CARPENTER — At the residence of the 
bride's parents, liy Hiel McKinstiy, Mr. Geo. Kelly 
and Miss Ada Carpenter, both of Andrews, Ind. 

A. B. Miller. 


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Iiord." 

KEATH. — At the residence of Mr. James Dent, near 
Roanoke City, Va., Dec. 2, Bro. Henry Keath, of 
Floyd County, aged 22 years. 
Our young brother was far from the home of his 
parents, but during his last illness had the kind minis- 
trations of brethi en and friends, and in his death he 
bore evidence of the triumph of the religion of our Sav- 
ior over death and hell. To his absent relatives he sent 
messages of assurance of peace with God and a glorious 
resurrection. Hi-s faithful father and brother-in-law 
were with him when he met and comiuered the last ene- 
my. D. C. MOOMAW. 

FLORY.— Near Moran, Clinton Co., Ind., Dec. 10, Earl 
B., sou of Bro. Michael and sister Mary Flory, aged 1 
month and 10 days. Services in the new meeting- 
house, by Eld. J. C. Murray, from the words, "The 
last enemy that shall be destroyed is death," to a sym- 
pathizing congregation. Joun E Metzger. 

MATHIS.— In the Des Moines Valley church, Polk Co., 
Iowa, Dec. U, Bro. John Mathis, aged 50 years, 10 
months and 19 days. Sister Mathis lost a loving hus- 
bind, the children a kind father, tbe church a 
good and use'ul deacon, and the neighborhood a good 
citizen. Services from Rev. 14: 12, 13. 


Jan. 4, 1887. 

thk gospel ]\^ksskngkr. 


TODD.— Nov. 21, sister Mary Todd, aged 82 years, 3 
months and 10 days. She was one of the pioneers of 
r, this county, and a charter member of the Seneca 
^ -c-ehurch. She selected the hymn? to be sung and the 
text to be used on her funeral occasion, which was im- 
proved by S. A. Walker. 

HC>RN. — In the Antioch church, Hnntiagtou Co , Ind., 
Nov. 16, of lung fever, Jesse, son of Bro, Geo. and sis- 
ter Susan Horn, aged 6 months. 

HORN.— Nov. 19, of diphtheria, Bertie, driu^hter of the 
same parents, aged 6 years and 6 months. 
Thus the family was bereft of two tender branches 
within three d<iys. The remaining members of the fam- 
ily have the sympathy of the entire neighborheod. Ser- 
vices m both cases by Eld. Joseph L°edy. 

A. B. MiLLEIi. 

YOUNG.— In the Walnut Creek church, Johnson Co., 
Mo., Dec. 11, of congestion of the bowels, Bro, A. W. 
Young, aged 46 years, 8 months and 4 days. Services 
by J. S. Buckley, from John 11: 25. 

Isaac Wamplep. 

HEAGLEY.— IntheRock Creek church. III., Dec. 5, 
Anthony Hoagley, aged 60 years, 5 months and 28 
'^i^^days. Services by M. Kimmel and J. M^ers, from 
^ Ptev. 14:13. 

STUDEBAKER— In tbeCedai I'retk church, Ander- 
son Co , Kan., Nov. 7, of typhoid pneumonia, Joseph- 
ine, wife of Elijah Siudtbaker, deceased, agf'd 33 years, 
11 months and 10 da,ys She leaves five smy.U chil- 
dren and a great many friends to mourn their loss. 
She was a faithful member for many years. Services 
by Jesse Studebaker. E. J. Miller. 

PTJRKEY.— At Simpson, Taylor Co , W. Va , Oct. 18, 

sister Mary Purkey, aged 84 years. She was a metu- 

L i ber of the chuich for eleven Siuce the death of 

fwi. •■ ]^g[. liusband, eighteen years ago, she has lived with 

her children. She was r?ady and anxious to die, so 

that she might go home to heaven. D. G. Purkey. 

SPRA.NKEL.— In th^^ West Niaiishillen church. Stark 
Co., Ohio, Dec. 1, Bro. Henry Sprankel, aijed 68 
j."avs, 11 mouths and '2i divyi^. He was found dead, 
sitting on a block in the entry of a corn crib, having 
died suddenly, and, apparently, without a struggle. 
He was married to Susanna Hownstine, Oct 13, 1839. 
Their union was blessed with nine cbildsen, four of 
whom are yet living Bro. Sprankel of late look more 
than comiriOn interest in the prosperity of Zion. He 
will be missed at more than one place. Services by 
Noah Longaneeker, from Rev. 14: 13. 

BARB.— In the Bristolville church, Tiumbull Co., Ohio, 
Nov. 31, Bro. Isaac Barb, aged 63 years, 11 months 
and 3 days. He was afflicted for many years; lived on 
the same farm all his life, and was one of the pioneers 
of the above-naQied church He was very kind to the 
poor. Seivices by Samuel Sprankel. 

LRflMAN — In the Silver Creek church, 0., sister Anna 
Lehman, aged 65 years, 3 months and 24 days. She 
was born Aug. 14, 1821. She leaves two br^.thers, one 
son, and two dimghtt^is to mourn their loss. She was 
a kind and loving mother, and an exerjpl.iry Cbris- 
t'an. The church loses a faithful sister. Seivices by 
the writer and Joseph Moore, fiom 1 Pet. 2: 2. 3 

Jacoi? SHANi'^onri. 

MARTIN,— Tn the Eden Valley church. Stuff >r.'l Co , 
Kan., Nov 29, sister Elizabpth, witV; of Bro. WilliMm 
Martin, aged 53 years. 5 months and 13 d :}s. 

She was a faithful wile and a consistent Christian. 
She was anointed with oil Oct. 10, and on the following 
evening erjoyed a love-fea^t with some of the members 
at her home. She was a great sufferer, hut bore it all 
with true Christian patience. Daring her sickn.'^ss she 
dreamed that she saw a large comnany of people dressed 
in white, who were singing, "We're going home " 
When she related this to her husband, she exclaimed. 
"Oh, what must it be to be there!" She expressed glad- 
ness that she nnd her husband had tried to bring up 
their children in (he nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her de- 
parture, but she is not lost, only gone before She said 
she was ready to go home. Services by Bro. M. Moire 
head, from .John 5: 24, 25; 11: 25, 26; 1 John 10: 14, to 
a larse concourse of ppople. The family desire an inter- 
est in the prayers of God's people. W. Maktin. 

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Entered at the Po8t-09ice at Mt. Morrie, II!, 
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Mt Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 11, 1887, No. 

Vol. 25, Old Seriei. 


H. B. BBUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Bnsinees Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 


By this we do not mean that we have been fly- 
ing, but that we have left the sanctum, our usual 
place of writing, and have been traveling around, 
not enjoying, but seeing some of the festivities of 
the season, which seem to be the leading concern 
of the hour. Every-where we hear people talk 
of the manner in which they have been enjoying 
the Holidays— of Christmas gifts, festivals, feasts, 
parties, etc. All these things are intended to have 
reference to Christmas, but how little, how very 
little is said and thought of the true Christ- child 
—Christmas. It is a time for rejoicing and mani- 
festing gladsome hearts, but it should be done in 
a way that will, in some way, harmonize with the 
occasion, and the event that the people are sup- 
posed to celebrate. Of course, Christmas is past, 
and we already have made a goodly start in the 
new year, but we have not yet got away from the 
results of the Holidays. Our minds become so im- 
bued with the events that then happen, that it 
takes a considerable time to have them all covered 
up. We like to see people happy. We have abun- 
dant reasons for being so, and then, too, it is catch- 
ing, and a few happy hearts and smiling faces 
work like magic on a whole coach full, so tliat, as 
a rule, people are happier at this season of the 
year than on ordinary occasions. 

It is a good time to study the inside life of peo- 
ple, or, more properly, their home life, as they gen- 
erally take a 'good share of it v/ith them when 
they go out and mix with their fellows. We rath- 
er enjoy being occa.sioually thrown into the mix, 
that we may be able to feel the beating of the 
home pulse as it beats and throbs at the llresides 
of those outside of our own. People do not, as a 
rule, suppose that they unwittingly advertise 
themselves when away from home, but they do. 

The other day, while walking down a street in 
Johnstown, we noticed, coming towards us, a line 
four-horse team attached to a sleigh. The horses 
were covered with fine, showy blankets, and on 
them was the advertisement of a shrewd business 
firm. They did it well, but not any better than 
some of our young men and ladies advertise their 
folly when away from home. At the very time 
that they are trying to show how nice and how 
smart they are, they tlirow away their cloak and 
most truly show forth their true inwardness. — 
What a pity! We are glad, however, to believe 
that this class is growing gradually smaller, and 
we hope, as true knowledge becomes more gener- 
ally diffused, it will cease to have representatives. 
As this class grows less, there is another class that 
should grow larger. We mean the representative 
Christian, the man that not only carries his relig- 
ion with him, but who advertises it as boldly and 
as thoroughly as men advertise their financial vo- 
cations. The Christian is the only representative 
that Christ has in the world, and as religion 
should be our chief calling in life, we ought not to 
hide it under the bushel, but put it on the candle- 
stick, that all may see it. and be made to rejoice in 
the saving light of the gospel. The world prac- 
tically says. There is no Christ, no religion, no spir- 
itual enjoyment. The man of God professedly 

says. There is, and Christ says. If you say so, stand 
up for it, be my witness. This is v/hat Paul 
means when he says: "Ye are my witnesses fur 
Christ." It is not necessary that we advertise our 
religion as a man does his business, on show-bills, 
cards and on the horse blankets. Christ in the 
heart will be Christ in the face, on the body, in 
the conversation, and in the actions. 

But we have been traveling. A little business 
took us to Myersdale, vv^here we had the pleasure 
of enjoying the hospitality of Eld. C. G. Lint for a 
short season. He is well, and in the gospel har- 
ness as much as circumstances will admit. He in- 
forms us of a number of calls he has been receiv- 
ing, and talks of going to AHrginia on a preaching 
tour soon. After attending to the v>rork on hand, 
we, early in the day, started for home, but b;id 
railroad connections detain us at this place, Eock- 
wood, where we have been spending the time in 
penning these disconnected items. In a room full 
of talkative men and women is not the best place 
to write editorials, but it is possible to so control 
the mind that the outside, no matter how noisy, 
will not disturb or detract from the subject in 
which we are trying to be interested. The time 
for going is now here, and we close at this place. 

Again we stop for a two hours' lay-over at this 
place— Johnstown. The day is fair, and sleighing 
excellent, so that the streets are full of jingle and 
life. On our way out we fell in company v/ith a 
number of our Progressive Brethren— Gnagy, the 
Myersdale minister, Dr. U. M. Buechly and others. 
We never meet with these Brethren but what we 
are saddened at the thought of our church rela 
tions being severed for so little cause. A little 
more Christ and a little more love, and, instead of 
disunions, we would all be one. Progression, as 
applied to them in a religious sense, over our own 
church, is a misnomer, and in any other sense 
there is no need of it. 8inandthe devil are pro- 
gressive enough in the world, and we need no nev/ 
parties to help along. 

We are willing to give them credit for all they 
have and all they do to .vards making better men 
and women— better C.'iristians, but progression to- 
wards worldlyism is not the right way to reach 
ends so desirable. 

"There is no place like home," is a truth that 
presses itself upon us with peculiar force, when 
we are out among strangers, no matter how well 
our bodily wants are attended to. As our thoughts 
turn homeward, we are reminded of the sad scene 
we witnessed a few weeks ago in the home of our 
foreman in our otfice, Bro. J. Lee Rupert. 0, how 
sad was the hour that we spent at the bedside of 
his dying wife, wiping from lier face the cold 
sweat of death, as life was slowly ebbing ont! — 
How mysterious to us are the providences of our 
Father in heaven! Why take one so young, so pa- 
tient, so much needed in the homethat cannot be 
home without her presence and the gentle touch 
of her ever-ready and willing hands. Gcd pity 
the bereaved husband and be a father to the fa- 
therless children. As we saw the gentle life pass 
away, and thought of this Iiome being a homeiio 
more, our own was made a thousand times dearer 
to us. We have much,— possess and enjoy much 
that we do not realize or appreciate until th.e loss 
is sustained. Help us, our Father, to appreciate 
thy blessings as thou dost give them to us! 

The meeting of old friends,— what joy it afford-, 
and how rapidly past scenes rush upon the mind 
and give expression from the tongue. An old 

gentleman, formerly of the East, a number of 
years ago, went West. As we took the train at 
.Tohnstown, this old man took the same train on 
his return to his old home; and he was hardly 
seated until he was recognized by an old neighbor, 
and the meeting was so open-hearted, so brotherly 
that it did our soul good to be a witness. If such 
is the joy on meeting friends, only to be separated, 
what shall it be to meet in heaven, where parting 
is not known! 

But there was another scene connected with 
this meeting that was not so pleasant, yet no less 
impressive. These old men were both tobacco 
chewers, and, as the conversation warmed, the 
chewing grew more rapid, the blackened saliva 
flowed rapidly, and every few words were punctu- 
ated by a spattering squirt, only part of v.^hich 
cleared the chin, while the balance dripped down 
over tlie white beards made honorable with age, 
but defiled with the filthy tobacco habit tliat is en- 
snaring so many of our young men of to-day. — 
While thus talking and spitting, a lady and a 
young— well — excuse us for not saying gentleman 
—came in. As the lady approached the swimming 
pollution, she turned up her nose, lifted her gar- 
ments, and passed by. She went from seat to seat 
until she found one where there was no tobacco 
filth, seated herself, and then turned a glance at 
the old men which plainly showed her disgust. At 
her side sat the young man that forowed nti, aud 
very soon we noticed that he, too, was a slave to 
the habit, and in a genteej( ?) way commenced spit- 
ting on the mat in the aisle. The lady could not 
but know he was chewing- but of course such a 
fine young man can never become as filthy as these 
old men were showing themselves. He will not, 
you say. Yes he will. Certainly hs wilJ,— indeed, 
he had not far to go to be even with them. If 
young ladies would only think and then act, we 
are sure that these young tobacco chewers would 
either have to stop off, or seek other company 
than respectable ladies. 

How a man, claiming to be a gentleman, can in- 
dulge in a habit so filthy, we are unable to under- 
stand. Such men, young or old, fail to advertise 
either thegospel of Christ or tliegospel of decency. 
For such public filthiness there is absolutely no 
excuse, and they have as good a right to be driven 
out into the smoking car as the smoker, and we 
hope that the pressure for common decency will 
soon become strong enough to demand the divis- 
ion, £0 that birds of a feather may have the pleas- 
ure of huddling together. AVe ask no apology for 
trying to iielp strike down such public desecra- 

In our presence a young brother said that there 
is nothing that he admired more than a cleanly 
old man. So we say, and so everybody says, and 
there is no reason why all old men, and ycung 
ones, too, should not be neat and clean in the face, 
by means of all the very excellent toilet soap that 
we see every-where advertised. It is said that 
"cleanliness is next to godliness." We make it a 
jittle stronger, by saying, cleanliness /.s- godliness— 
as far as it goes. 

With these scattering tlioughts we now close, 
and if Ave have said foolish things, please attrib- 
ute them to our unsanctified surroundings, as you 
know we must more or less breathe the atmos- 
phere by which we are surrounded. 

T-RVE fellowship is found only around the per- 
son of Christ. He can have no relish for his broth- 
er's company who cares naught for that of Jesus. 



Jan. 11, 1887. 


Smdy to show thsrseU spprorsd unto liod. a workman that 

neodeth not be asnanied, rightlj- diTidiug the 

Word of Tmth. 



HusBAXD. sit down close beside me, 
Let ine cli\sp your band in mine. 

For these pains that do betide me, 
Tell me, "I'll not long be thine." 

I am sinking, sinking, sinking, 
And this chill, it must be death; 

Things of earth are fastly fading. 
Faint, sdll fainter, comes my breath. 

"Oh, my Father, make me holy, 
"Worthy to be called thine own ; 

As my Cnrist was meek and lowly, 
Such to thee may I be known." 

Thus T pray that I might enter 

The eternal realms above, 
^Tiere my God will be the center, 

And the Lamb the light of love. 

There above me, and descending. 

Is a cloud of purest white; 
Now it opens, and is sending 

Down to me its gleams of light. 

In its midst a beauteous tree; 

Close beside the Son of God 
Kneels, and fondly whispers to me, 

'"Bow beneath the chastening rod. 

"Do not murmur, but be patient, 
God will give thee strength and grace 

To endure all thy affliction-, 
While he hides his smiling face. 

"In his own time and bis own way 
He'll relieve, and give thee rest 
In the beautiful elysium, 

Vhere the faithful ones are blest." 

Let me, dear Lord, come nearer; 

L^t me view thee as thou art; 
Thou to me wast never dearer, 

On, eniarine me in thy heart I 

Xow a .seeming foam infold.5 it, 

Lol it slowly fades away, 
I on memory's page eiirolled it. 

And m silent reverence pray. 

"Grant me, dear Father, some time 

To behold thee face to lacfe 
Where there js no need of suachine 

Iq thy blissful dwelling place.'" 

Ah, Hive, but a.s if dreaming, 
And on earth I still must roara, 

Yet my soul with rapture seeming 
Waits to bear my "Welcome homel" 


BY -lOHX H. N"0'SVI,AN. 

"The c'aildren of this world are in thei"" generation wis- 
er than the children of light." Luke 16: 8. 

Hovr often we see the truth of the above 
sayicg of our blessed Master! On all Eides 
we see the children of the world displayicg 
more wisdom than those who profess to be 
followers of the meek and lowly Nsz-,rene. 

"Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs 
from thistles?" "Whatsoever a man 80v,-eth 
that shall be also reap." "He that soweth 
to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: 
but he that aoweth to the spirit shall of the 
spirit reap life everlasting." 

As we pass through the world and observe 
people attending to their temporal affairs, 
what care do we behold manifested among 

those who succeed"? When the farmer plants 
his grain he generally gelects the grain 
that in his judgment will produce the beet 
quality and the most of it, hoping thereby 
to reap a bountiful crop. When he wants 
to raise wheat, he does not sow oats or rye, 
hoping that they will produce the desired 
graiu, for he knows that every grain bringeth 
forth of its own kind. Although this is true, 
there sre many people in the world who are 
as inconsistent in their religious doings. 
Six d.ays in the week they practice the works 
of the flesh and on the seventh put on their 
religion with their Sunday clothes to be 
again taken off with them. Others gain 
enough holiness during one protracted meet- 
ing to last until the next. 

"By their fruits ye shall kuow them, is the 
rule Chriat gave, and a better one was never 
found. In this day and age of the world 
some men think they know more than the 
inspired men of old. If you ask them why 
they do not obey this or that command, they 
reply, "There is no 'Thus saith the Lord,' 
tor it, so it is not for us to observe." Then, 
on the other hand, it you show them a pas- 
sage where the command to observe is posi- 
tive, they claim that it was intended for the 
apostles, and not for ug, thus setting at 
naught the word of our Savior who com- 
manded his disciples to go to all nations, 
"teaching them to observe all things whateo- 
ever I have commanded you." 

If we profess to be Christiaus, we ought 
to heed the in junction, "Let your light so 
shine before men that t!iey may see your 
good works, and glorify your Father which 
is in heaven." "Ye are the light of the 
world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be 
hid." "If therefore the light that is in thee 
be darkness, how great is that darkness?" 

Let us, aa members of the church of 
Christ, watch ourselves, that we do not fol- 
low after the world, and in the final day be 
condemned with it. Let us watch closely, 
and the more as we see the day approaching. 
In worldly affairs we do not expect to get the 
re'^ard no'esg v.-e per.f"orm the required ser- 
vic?, and let ub me common senile in our re- 
ligious life. 

How can we expect to enter into that rest 
unles.s it can be said of us, "Ye have obeyed 
from the heart that form of doctrine which 
wae delivered youl" We must keep the law 
in the spirit as well as the letter, if we re- 
ceive the blessing. God h&s promised u?, 
and we often pray to him, "Forgive ua our 
debts as we forgive our debtors," and "If you 
forgive not men their trespasses, neither 
will your Father forgive you your trecpase- 


Brethren and sisters, let us take fresh 
courage, renew our zeal, and walk closer in 
the footsteps of oar blessed Master, than we 
have in days that sre past. Let us draw 
nearer to the foot of the cro&p, and let us "be 
not weary in well doing, for in due time we 
shall reap if we faint not." "Be ye there- 
fore wise as serpents and harmless as doves." 
We should give oar lives wholly and without 
reserve to God, for "no man can serve two 
masters." "Doth a fountain send forth at 

the same place sweet water and bitter?" — 
"Be ye also patibnl; stablish your hearts; for 
the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." We 
should strive to show the same wisdom in 
our religion that we do in our worldly affairs. 

"The wisdom that is from above is first 
pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be 
entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, 
without partiality and without hypocrisy." 

Mtdberrij Grove, III. 



"How shall I give thee up, Epbraim? how shall I 
deliver thee, Israel"? how shall I make thee as Admah? 
Jioin shall I set thee as Zeboim? My heart is turned 
within me, my repentings are kindled together." — Uos. 

This is a wail of lamentation from God 
over an erring people. His people had sin- 
ned, deeply sinned. They had left his ser- 
vice and joined themselves unto idols. God instituted a sublime system of worship. 
Picture before you Solomon's temple, — the 
wonder of the whole world in its grand mag- 
nificence, and while the people bowed in rev- 
erence, the glory of the Lord surrounded 
them, the cloud of hia presence descended 
to fill the spacious building. Bat now a 
gross darkness had come upon the people. 
"They bad made many altars to sin." On- 
ly a few went up to Jerusalem to worship, 
and ae the years rolled on, there remained of 
that gorgeous temple but the dim wreck, 
broken, ruined, and desolate. God has no 
pleasure in giving them over to judgment. 
The voices of his prophets were raised in de- 
nunciation and threatening, that they might 
repent, for how could he execute the sen- 
tence upon them that their deeds deserved? 
If a book were written containing an account 
of man's inhumanity to man, not one of ua 
could bear to read it. If all the sighs and 
groans which have been uttered by helpless 
captives iu hopeless imprisonment and tort- 
ure were gathered together, they would en- 
fold the world in a darkness of clouds and 
etorm. What would be the result if God 
would with us as wo deal with our 
neighbors? Let as think seriously before we 
approach the mercy-seat to beseech him "to 
forgive us our trespasaes as we forgive those 
that irespass against us." 

"Can a woman forget her sucking child? 
Yea, she may forget, yet will I not forget 
thee." The tender mother's love for her 
child is such that its care and welfare is nev- 
er out of her thought. How much greater 
is God's care and watchfulness over his chil- 
dren, serzled to him through the blood of 
Chri^it! Who can measure the beauty, the 
sweetaees, the tenderness and the glory of 
the love of God? If we may stand in the 
midst; of that in all the flaclualions of human 
affaire, we are prepared for every possible 
contingency. Ho will never leave nor for- 
sake us. The Savior said. He has sent me 
to heal the broken-hearted, those who have 
such a keen sensibility to the shafts of troub- 
le and distress. When the heart break? 

Jan. 11, 1887. 



down beneath the burden that no hand can 
relieve, then the Savior will give rest. Men 
and women who suffer broken-heartediy are 
silent, their pathway lies low in the "valley 
of silence and of tears," and Jesus will lead 
them right up to the gates of Pearl. 

God may have blessed you with five tal- 
ents and with a heart full of love and zeal, 
to consecrate ail to Christ's service. As 
one of the apostles that deeired to sit down 
at the right bend of the Savior, he felt able 
to endure the baptism and diiuk the cup. 
God knows whether you can bear aloft the 
cross for all to see how much you can do for 
his dear sake. Instead, he may want you to 
go home and walk in weakness, where before 
you trod in strength, to wait months and 
years and let every one of the visions of your 
life melt and pass away. There, apart from 
the world, with only him to see, you take the 
cross he chooses and fold it in your arms for 
weary days and nights until yoxi are too weak 
to hold it any longer, and he says, It is 
enough. This may be the crucible to test 
you. God grant, then, that you may say, "It 
is the Lord. Though he slay me, yet will I 
trust in him." 

"And when we look from realms of perfect light, 

On all the paths which so perplexed us here; 
When all the clouds and darkness of our night, 
Jn glory disappear, 

How poor will seem the scheme we blindly made. 
How wise and good Christ's plan for every soul; 
Strange that we hesitate and are afraid 
To yield to his control." 



Befoee me is a request to tell the mothers 
in Israel how to dress their children, but it 
seems almost out of place for one who is not 
a mother to do so. Nevertheless 1 have pre- 
pared to write, trusting in the guidance of 
the Holy Spirit, and the help of an all- suf- 
ficient God, that hie ever-bleceed name may 
be glorified. 

I have in my mind this morning two kinds 
of dress, which I cannot separate because so 
closely connected, and both are equally nec- 
essary, — soul and body dressing. We are 
taught by divine truth that a right interior 
will produce a right exterior; also that we 
can dress the soul in either good or evil. O, 
thrice blessed is that mother who welcomes 
children to her heart and home as gifts from 
God, and keeps them pure by holy teachings 
and examples. But this cannot be done by 
indulging them in the frivolous fashions of 
the world, which are ruining its tens of thou- 
sands, — both soul and body. 

It is just as easy to teach a child to love a 
plain, uncostly garment, and, if they are 
taught in the right way, they will not want 
those foolish unneceeaariee. I know a little 
girl who could not be hired to wear a hat, 
just because her parents have always taught 
her that it was sinful, and those who did so 
were not loved by God. 

Again, it is of no use to tell a child that 
such and such things are wrong, and such 

right, without telling it why it is so. The 
surest mode of getting a child to do right, is 
by teaching it right things from the begin- 
ning, and reminding it daily, that God loves 
the right, but hates the wrong; then give it 
pure and holy examples to imitate (for near- 
ly all children are natural imitators), and I 
am much mistaken if it goes far wrong. 

Now, mothers, look at the inconaietency in 
a course like this. You dress yourself ns 
commanded in Eom. 12: 2; 1 Tim. 2: 9; 1 
Pet. 3: 3; 1 John 2: 15; and then forget Eph,. 
6: 4; Prov. 22: 6; Deut. 4: 9; 6: 7; Gen. 18: 
19; Pa. 78: 4; Joshua 24: 15, and dress your 
sinless babe in rufiies, tucks, pufi"-?, ribbons, 
iacee, and embroideries that you would 
shrink from putting on yourself, becauee it 
would be sin for you to wear them. Thea 
tell me, is it not sin to force them on your 
pure, darling babe, who knows naught of sin, 
and thereby teach it to love sin? Ho.v soon 
does the little one extend the daintily slip- 
pered foot for you to see its "new shoes," or 
invite you to look at its "new drees," and 
why ? Because it has been taught to love 
them. It is kept quiet while washing the 
littie face and combing the tangled hair, by 
the promise of "having its nice dress and 
pretty shoes on." When it is done, and after 
it is dressed, a gold pin is placed upon that 
pure bosom, and then it is told "How nice it 
is." Is it any wonder that baby loves its 
clothes, and wants every one to look at them ? 
O, pride, thou bane of humanity ! 

Mothers, you may think this is severe, but 
your children are sent to you in innocence 
and purity, and if they become proud, and 
love the world more than God's people, sure- 
ly a part of the blame, at least, must fall up- 
on you. Their tender presence will make 
you loving, gentle and holy, if you will let 
them be your teacher. For who can feel the 
clasp of dimpled arms, the touch of little 
hands, or press the velvety cheek, the sweet, 
clinging lipa, and look into the stainless soul 
through laughing eyes, filled with a iove- 
light born of heaven, without the heart be- 
ing purified, the thoughts centering upon 
him who said, "Sufi'er little children to come 
unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is 
the kiogdom of heaven?" God forbid, then, 
that any should array these little ones, who 
are fit for heaven's courts, in a dress that 
originated direct from Satan. For who puts 
it into our hearts to waste God's time and 
means, making garments to imitate the un- 
godly, but the father of ungodliness? 

Oh, mother, is not the soul worth far more 
than the perishable body ? Then clothe the 
body in garments becoming clay, but clothe 
the soul in the fadeless beauty of humility 
and purity, in love to God that shall bud on 
earth to bloom in heaven, throughout the 
ceaseless ages of eternity. Gold is becom- 
ing to the inhabitants o£ the Golden City, 
but not to dust, that must return to dust. — 
Then wait awhile, mother?, only a little while, 
and if you have taught your children the way 
of God, and led them in the way our Savior 
trod, they shall be robed and crowned with 
a splendor far surpassing anything your 
hands can fashion or finite minds conceive. 

THE GOSPEL.— 1 Cor. 15: 1. 


There undoubtedly is not another word in 
the English language so little understood as 
the gospel, a word which we hear every day, 
and have beard from our earliest childhood, 
yet there are many people, and even many 
Christians who do not fully understand it. 
The gospel is good tiding;? of ^xeht joy. No 
better news ever came out of heaven tb-RU the 
gospel. No better news ever fell upon the 
ears of human family than the gospel. 

When the angels came down to proclaim 
the tidings, what did they say to those shep- 
herds on the plains of Bethlehem? ''Behold 
I briug you good tidings of great joy, which 
shall be to all people; for unto you is born 
this day, in the city of David, a Savior." At 
that moment Satan is saying, "Don't you be- 
lieve the gospel is good news; it will only 
mislead you," He knows the moment a man 
believes good news; he just receives it, and 
no one, who ie under the power of the devil, 
believes that the gospel is good news. These 
shepherds believed the message that the an- 
gels brought, and their hearts were filled 
with joy. 

Yve are enemies to God, and the gospel of- 
fers reconciliation. The world is in dark- 
ness, and the gospel offers light. Because 
man will not believe the gospel that Christ 
is the light of the world, the world is dark 
to-dsy; but the moment a man believes, the 
light from Calvary cresses his path, and he 
walks in an unclouded sun. 

It has taken out of our path four of the 
bitterest enemies we have. There is that ter- 
rible enemy mentioned in 1 Cor. 15, the last 
enemy, death. The gospel has made an ene- 
my a friend. What a glorious thought, that 
when we die we sink into the arms of Jeaug, 
to be borne to the land of everlasting rest! 
"To die," the apostle says, "is gain." We 
can imagine, when they laid our Lord in the 
tomb, one might have seen death sitting over 
the sepulcher, sayirg, "I have him; he is my 
victim; he said he was the resurrection and 
the life; now I hold him in my cold embrace. 
They thought he was never going to die, but 
see him now, he has had to pay tribute to 
me." Never! The glorious morning comes, 
the Son of man bursts asunder the bands of 
death, and rises a conqueror from the grave. 

Another terrible enemy la sin. The gos- 
pel tells us that oar sins are all pat away in 
Christ. He has taken all our sins and cast 
them behind his back. That, we think is a 
safe place for them — a place where they 
should be cast. God never turns back. He 
always marches on; he will never see our 
sins if they are behind his back; that is one 
of his illustrations. Satan has to get behind 
God to find them. How far away are they, 
and can they ever come back again? "As 
far as the east is from the west, so far hath 
he removed our tranegressions from us." — 
He not only removes some of our sins, but 
he takes them all away. "The blood of Je- 
sus Christ cleanseth us from all sin." We 
come to Christ as sinners, and if we receive 



Jan. 11, 1887. 

his gospel oar sins are taken sway. We aro 
invited to make an exchange, — to get rid of 
all our sins, and take Christ and bis right- 
eousnesa in place of them. 

Another enemy that troubles us to a great 
extent is the judgment. We should look 
forward to the terrible day when we will be 
summoned before God. We cannot tell 
whether we shall hear the voice of Christ 
saying, ''Depart from me, ye workers of 
iniquity, I never knev? you," or whether it 
will be, "Enter thou into the joy of thy 
Lord.'" For a moment we reflect and look 
on the great white throne where he will 
stand. Humanity cannot tell ?vhetber it is 
to be on the right hand or the left, but the 
gospel tells U3 that is already settled. 

"There is now no condemnation to them 
which are in Christ Jesus." There is one 
spot on earth where the fear of death, of sin, 
and of judgment, need never trouble us, the 
only safe spot on earth where the sinner can 
attend, — Calvary. Sinner, would you be safe, 
would you be free from the condemnation of 
the eins that are past, from the power of the 
temptations that are to come? We ehoiild 
take our refnge on the Ejckof Ages. Let 
death, let the grave, let the jadgment come, 
the victory is Chrisi'e, and youra through 
him. Oh, why not receive the gospel, for 
sooner or later we musr exchange time and 
duration for eteruitv ? 


BY J. ^V. nOOKE. 

We call to mind mthiag, thrt: has a greater 
tendency to le-ii oar friiod3 into the deepest 
and most gerioas xeH^C'ioas, in regard to a 
misspent life, thi,a tha*; of aa aged person, 
who, when sti'.nding ou the brink of the dark 
tomb, almost at bio journey's end, looks back 
over his p'ist iifa, and Cin faee nothing but 
unimproved opportunitiet;. 

Now, when it is too late, he can plainly see 
where he passed by the "fi:6-\ geraa or lice," 
in heedless thocght, iu purnuit of this 
world's jewels, which, when gained, c.-iunot 
benefit him beyond the grave. 

He has all this w grid's goodd aroaad him 
he can wish for, and everything to give him 
comfort, but the hope of eternal life. H^ 
weeps bitterly, a3 the tears rc-ll one by one 
down his wrinkled che&k >is he meditates 
over the serious thought of not having thit 
grand hope, which id the aucaor to rb^ soul. 
Yet he cannot say he had no warning, for he 
was warned by his gr^.y- headed father, he 
was warned at his mother's kcire, ]>e ?/a3 
warned from the pulpit; he wai warned oa 
all sides; he heard the warning but be oil 
no*^ heed. 

Oa! if he could only tura 'ioie bick in 
its flight, that he might be allowed to coca- 
mence anew to fallow the ronga and rugg-;d 
road of life, what a difloreat course would bo 
parsuel He would pursue a that would 
take him triumphaat over all, and at last 
to the great white throne above. 

Now, my youcg friends, will we live such a 
life as did this aged man, or are we going to 

"Live 80 in youth that we weep not in age." 
Life ends in a crown of glory, or a perfect 
failure, ijtarnal happiness, or eternal punish- 

Life, with its many voices, is calling us to 
be up and doing, travel straight forward 
with our minds consecrated to God, and to 
have a higher aim in life than this world's 
goods, which may vanish away in the twink- 
ling of an eye. 

Many of you to-day are just starting out 
on life's duties; although the prospects of 
the future are bright, and your way looka 
clear, nothing but the hand of time can re- 
veal unto you the volume of the future. So 
it vould be the wisest and safest step 
you could take, to live so that when this 
great secret is opened unto you, that you, and 
not only you, but the angels in heaven will 
be made to rejoice to know that you have 
been faithful, fought the battle bravely, and 
the victory is yours. 

A willing hand, a noble heart, a firm res- 
olalioE, and a will to do right, are what we 
mast obtain to make life a success. Vve 
may have temptations and trials, and it may 
eeem as though we cannot get along at ail, 
through all lei us live so that when the even- 
ing of life drawa upon u?, and the golden 
sun shines down throngh the beautiful gates 
of heaven, we may have a joyous entrance 
into that beautiful world of peace and glory, 
where ^ve can meet, never to part again, and 
meet those we have long loved here on earth. 
And, as oar Savior said, "that where he is 
there we may be also." 



''Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our 
faith" Keb. 12:2. 

All those that will run successfully upon 
the highway of holineae, must keep their 
eyes fixed on the great Leader, Jesus, the 
mark of the prize, and also keep the goal, or 
final end in view. They should place 
all their hope and confidence in Jesus, ag 
their solo helper in this race of faith from 
earih to glory. 

Looking unto Jesus means to search his 
divine law, end see whether we have Jes^i^ 
r.H the Author and Finisher of our faith. It 
we believe, and do as the Scripture says, 
then we have Jesua as the Captaia and Lend- 
er of our faith and practice, and if we continue 
to keep our eyes and minds fixed on this 
lice of faith, and continue to run the race 
set before us, according to the directions 
I given unto us by our Leader, until death, 
then Jeaus will be the Author and the I'e 
warder of our fait!). Let us look more to 
Jesus, find no^. so much to our own opinion 
concerning our salvation. 

T beard a man say (not long einc-'>) thiit 
he prayed many t. tioae, having his head 
covered, and he knew that the Lord heard 
and accepted hia prayer. Now, that man 
did not look to the gospel for his authority, 
but to hi3 own opinion oncerning the ac- 
ceptance of his prayer. If he would have 

looked at 1 Cor. 11: 4, he would have seen 
that it was a dishonor to his Lord, to pray 
with his head covered. By looking at Luke 
9: 23, we hear Jesus say, "If any man will 
come after me, let him deny himself, and 
take up his crosa daily tmd follow me." If 
we want to come after Jesus, and follow him 
acceptably, we must deny ourselves of all 
self-will and self judgment coaceraing our 
salvation, and take the gospel just as it is, for 
our authority and support. 

To be true folio ivers, we must renounce 
everything that is not in accordance with 
the divine law of heaven, and be submissive 
to all of it& teachings, by practice and 
obedience, for Jesus became the Author 
of eternal salvation unto all them that obey 
him. If we v/ant Jesus to be the Author and 
Finisber of our ealvation, we must do jaet 
what he says. If Jesus says, "Ye ought to 
wash one another's feet," we must submit to 
the command, by washing one another's feet. 
Then Jesua becomes the Author and Finisher 
of our faith and practice. 

Looking unto Jesus, means more than jast 
going to meeting, sing, pray, and read some 
Scripture, just to gratify our carnal taste. 
It means p. looking off, or from the v/orld, 
with all of its vanities and sinful pleasures 
that Satan may hold up before our eyes to 
attract, and to allure us into his den of vice. 
Looking from all secular things to Jesus, 
the great High Priest of our profeseion, who 
was faithful to him that appointed him, so 
also we must be to him who bath called us 
out of darkness into nis marvelous light. 

Lot us look mora at the gospel, and see 
whether our conversation and deportment are 
in harmony with the teachiaga of the gospel, 
and see whether we are purifying our soula 
by obeying the truth, by believing in Christ 
Jesus through the iatiaence and teaching of 
the Spirit, and giving full prooE of it by un- 
feigned love to the Brethren. May the 
Lord emb.alm our hearts with hie great love, 
that we may enter into thataweet rest, which 
the Lord has prepared for his people. 

There is a rest for weary souls, 
When life's warfare is over. 

Tbete is a laud more fair than thi.s, 
'Tis on the farther shore. 

Oar fathers v/ho have nobly fought, 
Have gone before us there. 

And if now we their footsteps tread 
We shall their glory share. 
Centre, O. 

:n'KvV year. 


Another year of our probatiou is past and 
forever gone! A question is here forced up- 
on my mind, that is of the mot-t vital import- 
ance to each and all the children of God; that 
is. Are we bearing fruit to the honor and 
glory of God? Or, to tae contrarj'. Has the 
Dresser of the vineyard cone to the dire ne- 
cessity of pleading that we be epared another 
year, till he dig about v.a. If so, how very 
important it is ^hat we awak^^ t> a full aud 
true sense of our critical situation. O that 
God would enable us to see the great danger 

Jan. 11, 1887. 



we are liviag in, when bearing iio fruit! 
When 80 living, we are not only in daager, 
ourselves, but we are causing others to 
stumble and fall. 

O, dear brethren and sisters, let ue con- 
sider well, what our example ia before the 
world, and more especially before the babes 
in Christ. Here ia another question of vast 
importance, viz, What has been the tendency 
of our example toward the welfare of young 
converts? Have we, in all our daily walk 
and conversation, given evidence of that 
spiritual life that gives to the true child of 
God the ability to reflect the light that they 
live in? 

Alas! alas! sometimes the light that is in us 
is darkness; then it is great da-rknesd. Such 
being true, how careful we should be, that 
we always strive to be found walking in the 
true light. "Then, if we walk in the light, 
as he is in the light, we have fellowship 
one with another, and the blood of Christ 
cleaneeth us from all tin. O that we 
might be so intensely in earnest, that the 
year 1887 may be one of ucprecedented 
fruitfuine<3s in all our father's children. 



To a Bereaved Sister: — 

The world is an Aceldama, a Cemetery, 
B Bochim, a valley o! Aehor. Its sighs 
gathered up would silence Niagara, its tears 
trickled into one current, would make an 
Amazon. Millions of broken hearts are to- 
day reddening the marble over millions of 
tomba. Scarcely is the ink dry in penning 
words of consolation and hope to some 
mourner, whose soul is quivering in every 
fiber under the terrible visitation of the 
Rider of the Pale Horse, when the mail brings 
the wail of others, whose heart-strings are 
at the point of snapping under the mighty 
strain of the universal foe of mankind. 

Each smitten soul says in substance, "never 
any sorrow like my sorrow." Like Martha 
and Mary, instead of making the grave a 
hyphen, you make it an interrogation point, 
an exclamation point, and a dead, paraiyz- 
ing period. 

But the gospel calls you to a higher inter- 
pretation of His painful, but gracious provi- 
dence. Christ has given us the marvelous 
power to spell death in this way — L-i-f-e. 
We begin to live here, bringing out the L 
faintly, as it were in water mark, but we 
need death to show us how large, and deep, 
and glorious, and awful, life really is. 

The grave is a living hyphen, putting the 
L on the mystic side, and bringing out all 
the letters eternally in the pulsating scarlet 
of the cross. The dim past is neither dim 
nor past to the Divinely anointed soul. The 
words Jesus uttered when in the presence 
of death, and sorrow, and sickness, have a 
perpetual utterance to ears and hearts open- 
ed and attuned by the Holy Spirit. He will 
not come foot-sore across the Jordan, to 
awaken your dead, and give the dear, ooffia- 

ed husband back to your embrace, bat He 
does better. And this better He alone can 
enable you to understand. You may think 
the departure of your beloved, perhaps idol- 
ized, consort was premature, and the soul- 
harrowing ''if" of the Bethany siaters may 
burn like a quenchless fire in your bosom. 
But in a world of sin and ignorance, and ret- 
ribution and terrible, but needful discipline 
that "if must remain on the tear-blistered 
lips of the bereaved, until the deep, thrilling, 
eternity-compassing words of Jesus find 
their complete fulfillment: "I am the Resur- 
rection and the Life." 

If you could take in these words as Christ 
means we shall, you would hardly know 
whether you are in, or out of the body. There 
would be more laughter in your eouI than 
sorrow; more tears of joy than "drops of 
grief" would well up out of the fountain of 
feeling. This you may think extravagant, 
but it is the sweet, sober, solid "truth as it 
is in Jesus." 

Your Divine Bridegroom is not dealing 
as roughly with you, as sense would pro- 
nounce; He is very tenderly disengaging 
your heartstrings from the seen and temporal, 
and exalting an earthly to a heavenly rela- 
tionship. Oh "if," "if," you say; if only not 
now, if only not thus. If you could be qaiet 
enough in the innermost of your being, to 
give intent, rapt audience to these wonderful 
words of Christ, "he that believeth in Me. 
though he were dead, yet shall he live; and 
whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall 
never die," you would have your husband 
consciously so near, that yon would have no 
sense of separation. 

There is a great outcry among Chris- 
tiana just now against faith-healing, as 
though it were extending the efiicacy of the 
cross, where it has no ordained junction. 
But if we want to witness lack of faitb, let 
us stand beside the graves of those who died 
in the Lord. Generally the Christian 
survivors mourn as those who have no hope. 
It is right, and natural to weep. "Jesus 
wept." But His tears reflected the glory of 
Heaven, the confidence and beatitude of 
Eternal Life. You must not forget that 
there ia only a step between you and your 
husband, that he not only awaits you, bat 
shares all the feelings of Christ toward you, 
and rejoices with joy unspeakable and full 
of glory in his Redeemer's gracious purpose, 
in separating you on the very threshold 
of your wedded life. 

Let these considerationa moderate and 
sanctify your grief. Your loss is deep, but 
your gain will infinitely outweigh it. And 
his gain — ia that nothing to you? Suppose 
he had not died, but instead had fallen heir 
to Vanderbilt, or Rothschild, would you have 
taken it aa hard? And now, that he is taken 
upas joint-heir with the only begotten of 
God, the King of kinge, and Lord of lords, 
can you not take your harp from the willows, 
and eing a song of victory, and play at jeast 
a subdued Alleluia in the valley of Bsca? 
Do not rivet your gaze on the past, where 
lie belts of sunshine, bright as Heaven, and 
shadows deep and dense, and terrible as the 

very midnight of death; but do as your Lord 
and Master did when all the woes of earth 
and hell wrung His soul with unutterable 
agony : "for the Joy aei before Him, he en- 
dured the cross, despising the shame." Ia 
there not help and comfort iQ such a thought? 

You must not allow the supposition, that 
I am void of sympathy. Few have been 
trained to feel for others' woe, as I have. 

Death has thrust his lance through the 
very core of my being a hundred times. I 
have died often in the death of dear ones. 
Had not "the everlasting arms" been "ander- 
neath," had not faith opened to me the 
treasuree of Philpp. 4: 19, 1 would have sunk 
long ago. 

Bat I grieve lees for the dead-living 
than for the liviug dead. Those who have 
died to me while yet in the fiesb, whoso affec- 
tions are ebilled, and sympathies petrified, 
— these subsoil my breast with a deeper, keen- 
er agoijy. Yes, I feel profoundly for you, my 
sorrowing sister, but my grief is not aa strong 
B3 my joy. You are one of the elect, and 
your name is on EmmanaeFs breastplate, 
and His Name is in youv forehead and the "far 
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" 
in the upper Paradise will a billionfold pre- 
ponderate a lifetime of trial and suffering 
and disappointment, and heart-ache. 

With emphasis cornea the pointed, personal 
interrogative of Jesus: "Believest thGuthis?" 
Can you not sofiieiently direct yourself of the 
earthly, and rise into the thought and feeling 
of your Redeemer, to make His words your 
own: "Even so. Father, for so it seemeth 
good in Thy sight?" "Let this mind be in 
you, which was also in Christ Jesus." 

O, sister beloved, wept with, and prayed for, 
let the great truth wholly possess you, that 
God loves you, knows you, and is not giving 
you one drop more of bitter, nor one stroke 
more of chasteniag than what is needed to 
secure your position and crown among "the 
saints in light." Quite recently I published 
a letter in these columns, to a heart-broken 
mother, whose first-born was snatched from 
her breast into "the Excellent Glory," while 
the husband ia still left to weep with her, 
and administer comfort. Now I address a 
soul- risen wife, whose husband died far 
away, leaving the first-born on the mother's 
sorrow-buretiiig bosom. Jesus is the Friend 
end Comforter of you both. 

Only an eye can perceive light; only an 
ear can perceive sound. Only a dog can feel 
the ps-ins and pleasures of a dog's life; only 
a human being can feel the joys and sorrows 
of human life. A dog cannot know man; 
mere men cannot know God. Only he who 
is spiritually minded can perceive the things 
of God's Spirit. Only he who is a partaker 
of Gcd's nature can really know God. He 
who denies the existence of light, proves on- 
ly his own want of light. He who denies 
the power of the Spirit of God, proves only 
his own lack of that Spirit. He who denies 
the fxistence and attributes of God, simply 
shows that he does not know God, because 
he has not yet opened his heart to God. 


Jan. 11,1887. 



Ik Xo. ii of the Messe>'geb, our brother, 
B. C. M., of Eockbridge City, Ya , pours out 
a "vial ol ■wrath" on a trio of Methodist 
circuit-riders. Well, it is "good to be angry" 
sometimes, and when these hirelings play the 
dirty role of the accusers of the Brethren, it 
becomes a Christian dnty to "rebuke" them. 

Our Master commiserated and extenuated 
the foiblea of the weak, but righteous wrath, 
hotter than the flaming embers of Gomorrah, 
was emptied on the wicked heads of those 
who stole the "livery of heaven to serve the 
devil in." I recommend, Bro. B. C, that 
you get up a remonstrance, and send it to the 
next Methodist Conference, against sendiog 
to yonr circuic such ill-mannered fellows. 
They have gentlemen in their service as cult- 
ured and refined as Chesterfield, as courteous 
as St. Paul, and there are none more consid- 
erate of the amenities of Christian inter- 
course than the Methodist bishops. 

You see, Bro. B. C, they don't send any 
but thin club ax style to mountainous dis- 
tricts like yours, a sort of moral scavengers 
whose beaks love to riot in imaginary car- 
casses of self- constituted heretics. Well, if 
they find any eajoyment in it, don't say them 
nay. I would not detract an iota from the 
enjoyment of any living thing. To the vult- 
ure I cheerfully accord its daily ration of 
carrion, and to the humming-bird its nectar 
of the lilies. 

The coramunion season ia the First Dis- 
trict of Yirginia is about closed, and we take 
the following retrospective view. The min- 
isterial help was generally adequate and tol- 
erably efficient. We still adhere to the "or- 
der" of assisting around on love- feast ccca- 
siona. Baptisms were a feature at most of 
the meetings. At one meeting the unusual 
gpec-acle of a convert to our faith and prac- 
tice from high Methodist circles was a prom- 
inent part of the progr&m. That explains it 
all, Bro. B. C. M. Courage, ye men of the 

The order at the meetings, on the part of 
the spectators, was real good, — thanks to an 
efBcient police arrangement. It is particu- 
larly pleasing to see how well people can be- 
have when they are obliged to. We are on- 
ly a few steps in advance of our barbarian 
ancestors. Oar members were easily dis- 
tinguishable, by their "'modest apparel," from 
the fashionable, worldly throngs that attend- 
ed our meetings. So may it ever be! The 
gospel simplicity that characterizes our 
churches is a power for good to the cause of 
the Lord. 

Another noticeable feature is observed in 
the increased membership in the outlying 
congregations, those that have been organ- 
ized during recent years. This is suggestive 
of two things: one, that congregations, like 
individuals, have their periods of vigorous 
youth and decrepit age, their rise and fall. 
Let us make a note of this. The other is, 
that our ministry can do most good by trav- 
eling more, and calling sinnera from the' 

highways and hedges of sin. So it was of 
yore, and so will it ever be. 

At a recent Baptist Convention it was an 
object of especial boasting that the conver- 
sion of the world to apostolic Christianity 
was dependent on Baptist agencies. How 
does that appear in the light of the fact that, 
in the matter of apparel, a feature that as 
strongly emphasizes our relation to the world 
as any other, and the love- feast, or feast of 
ehftrity, a marked apostolic feature, and feet- 
washing, an ordinance that might have cost 
Peter his soul, and the sacred kiss, a prac- 
tice that St. Paul, by the Holy Spirit, en- 
joined in most of his letters, and which, ac- 
cording to church history, the primitive 
Christians universally observed, they, the 
Baptists, are as far from apostolic Chris- 
tianity as they are from Romanism. Come, 
brothers, and east your lot with us, the only 
exponents of apostolic Christianity extant, 
and you can make your boasting good. 

The year of grace, 1886, has been one of 
unexampled meteorological extremes. Dur- 
ing the spring and early summer, rains on 
the Atlantic coast to the Ohio River were 
continuous and destructive, and since, it has 
been so dry that a very email acreage has 
been seeded with wheat. In consequence, 
the vocation of chronic weather grumblers has 
been plied with wonderful energy, and all 
sorts of prophetic visions have issued from 
their prolific brains, and dreadful prognosti- 
cations of evils to be deluged on the world 
have been hashed and rehashed. 

Notwithstanding all this, the Lord and 
Maker of the world just keeps the even tenor 
of his way, without once calling in an advis- 
ory committee of these knowing gentlemen 
to assist in the complex management of ter- 
rene affdirs. When mankind have had sev- 
eral thousand years to demonstrate their ut- 
ter incapacity to manage successfully the 
simple details of political and secular inter- 
ests, and each generation stupidly repeats 
the mistakes and perpetuates the follies of 
the pa&t, would we not be wise to sufi'er with- 
out adverse criticism, the infinite God to ad- 
minister the weather bureau? I find solid 
comfort in the reflection that consummate 
wisdom created this world and administers 
its affairs, and while the faithless grumble, 
let God's children praise. 


[The foUowinp; article is a review of a criticism on the 
subject ot feet-washing, publiished in a newspaper in 
Ttxds, and sent to me by a friend for examination, and 
an expression of my views.] 

3fy Dear Sir: — 

The paper sent me, containing a criti- 
cism of feet-washing as an institution of the 
Bible, is received, and the article carefully 
read and considered. With pleasure I give 
you my views upon this much-controverted 
subject, in the hope that I may be of service 
to yourself and others, whose minds may be 
unsettled as to the obligation and design of 
this service. 

I agree with the author that, with all those 
who propose to maintain apostolic Chris- 
tianity, any expression of the divine mind, 
whether by exaeaple or precept, ia gTjffioieKt 

authority for the government of their action. 
What they want is to know the will of their 
Master, and nothing more, to secure obedi- 
ence to him. But to know his will, much de- 
pends upon the disposition of mind. "'If any 
man will do his will, he shall know of the 
doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I 
speak of myself." John 7: 17. 

That it is the will of God that the faithful 
should wash one another's fee^t, according to 
the injunction and the example given to the 
disciples by Jesus Christ, is a question upon 
which there is no controversy betwen us. — 
The point to be decided is, Ought it to be 
observed as a church ordinance? I affirm 
that it was so intended, and that it ought and 
will be observed by the faithful unto the end 
of the world, as indicated by Christ in the 
apostolic commission, "Go ye therefore and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you, 
and lo, I am with you always, even unto the 
end of the world." Matt. 28: 19, 20. 

Now, then, let us turn to the record of the 
institution of feet-washing, as we have it in 
the 13th chapter of John, and we will see 
that it was instituted in connection with the 
Lord's Supper, antecedent to the passover, 
which is to be fulfilled in the kingdom of 
God (Luke 22: 16), and ia connection with 
the Eucharist, all of which are to be perpet- 
uated until Christ comes again, "For as oft- 
en as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye 
do show the Lord's death till he come." All, 
doubtless, have a special signification and de- 
sign. The feet- washing was to represent an 
after- v/ashing, a necessary purification in or- 
der to preparation for taking the sacred em- 
blems of the broken body and shed blood of 
the Lamb of God. He saith to Peter, "He 
that is washed, needeth not save to wash his 
feet, but is clean every whit, and ye are clean, 
but not all, for he knew who should betray 
him, therefore said he. Ye are not all clean." 
John 13: 10, 11. 

It must be apparent to every intelligent 
mind, from this Scripture, that the cleansing 
of the feet from accumulated filth was not 
the object, for, doubtless, the Savior having 
washed their feet (Judas with the rest) he 
would have been clean as well. "Jesus saith, 
Ye are clean, but not all, for he knew who 
should betray him, therefore saith he, Ye are 
not all clean." The idea that it was observed 
according to the ancient practice of feet- 
washing, as an act of hospitality, cannot be 
sustained, as it is clear that it differed wide- 
ly from that practice, to wit, Abraham and 
the angels (Gen. 18: 4), Lot and the angels 
(19: 2), Joseph and his brethren (43: 24), 
the servants of Abraham at the house of La- 
ban (24: 32), a Levite who cometh from Gib- 
eah (Judges li): 21), David orders Uriah to 
wash his feet (2 Sam. 11: 8). 

In all these six cases water was provided 
and they washed their own feet, and not one 
another's feet. Abagail washed the feet of 
the servants of David, the only instance of 
the kind on record before thai instituted by 
Christ. These' sre the examples of feet- 

Jan. 11, 1887. 



washing as an act of hospitality. 01 sacra- 
mental fipet- washing we have the following: 
Ex. 30: 10, 20: "Aaron and hia sons shall 
wash their hands and their feet when they 
go into the tabernecle of the congregation. 
3:'hey shall wash with water that they die 

Here we learn that this duty neglected 
wonld be attended with the meet fearf al eon- 
seqaences; and "Moses, who was faithful in 
all his house," as all God'e children ought to 
be, was careful to observe it. Ex. 40: 31. 
This circumstance most strikingly symbolizes 
the sacramental feet-wasbing instituted by 
our Lord. So iraportant was it, that the feet 
should be washed before partaking of the 
other ordinances, the Lord's Supper and the 
holy communion, that Jesus informed Peter 
that the refusal of this would debar him 
from the participation and benefit of the oth- 
ers, that he could have no part in them with 
him, and, having no part with nim, he could 
have no part in his public approval, no part 
in the inheritance of the saints in light. 

The difference in the leet-washiug in the 
former ages and Christian feet washing, ap- 
pears in this, that that was performed by the 
water being furnished and the persons wash- 
ing their own feet, and in this the Master 
prepares himself and washes the disciples' 
feet. Most assuredly, if the Savior had in- 
tended it as an example of hospitality, and 
had furnished the water for them to have 
washed their own feet, Peter would have 
known what he intended, but, doing as he 
did, it was necessary that he should explain, 
which he did, asking the question: "Know 
ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me 
Master and Lord, and ye say well, for so I 
am. If 1, then, your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet, ye ought also to wash one 
another's feet, for I have given you an ex- 
ample that ye should do as I have done to 
you." Call it an example of humility, if you 
please, I do not object, and had it not been 
kept alive by those who have observed it as 
a church ordinance, it would long since have 
been practically a dead letter; for I question 
to-day if there ia one in a thousand who has 
ever practiced it as indicated in the article 
before us, the author himself not being an 
exception. Nor could there be found a wid- 
ow poseeesing the qualifications required by 
the apostle, entitliug her to the benefit con- 
templated. She must be well reported of for 
good works. She must have brought up 
children, lodged strangers, relieved the af- 
flicted, washed the saints' feet, aad diligent- 
ly followed every good work. 

Here we notice that the requirements are 
of such a nature that they may be performed 
towards strangers, towards children and oth- 
ers, without reference to religious preten- 
sions whatever, except feet-washing, which is 
confined to the saints, and supports the idea 
of it being an ordinance of the church, just 
as ordained by the Master. "Ye ought to 
wash one another's feet," not the feet of 
strangers, nor of the children, which, if 
merely for cleansing the feet, she would cer- 
tainly not negleci. 

Humility ig oertaialy a preoioua Oijnstian 

grace, no genuine Christianity withoiit it, 
hence the necessity of carefully cultivating 
it by repeating the example given by the 
Master, in connection with the ordinance of 
the Lord's Supper by which the Christian 
union of the Divine family is exemplified 
and preserved until its complete development 
in the glorious reunion in the Father's kiug- 
dom, and the celebration of the commuiaion, 
by which our memory is refreshed from time 
to time of the sufferings and death of our 
Lord, our union with him until wo cross the 
chilly waters of Jordan, past the danger 
of spiritual defilement, — we shall be seated 
with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kibg- 
dom of God, and Jesus "will gird himeelf 
and serve us." 

It is a fact that Jesus did wash his disci- 
ples' feet. It is a fact that he also instituted 
and celebrated the Lord'a Sapper, and it is a 
fact, too, that he instituted the communion, 
— all these in the same night in which he 
was betrayed, and says to the disciples, and 
to us as well, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
The servant is not greater than his Lord, nei- 
ther is he that is sent greater than he that 
sent him," and "if ye know these things hap- 
py are ye if ye do them," What tiungs? 
Why, washing one another's feet, eating the 
Lord's Supper together, and the communion. 
How dare we say of the first that it ia the 
perpetuation of an ancient custom, aad light- 
ly regard it, ignore the second, and only ac- 
cept the other as an ordinance of the church? 

There are here a plurality of things to be 
o bteived, and happiness guaranteed if we do 
them. "What therefore God has joined to- 
gether let not man put asunder." In accord- 
ance with this we have the teaching of the 
inspired apostle (1 Car. 11: 2): "Now I 
praise you, brethren, that ye remember me 
in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I 
delivered them to you." Veree 23: "Eor I 
have received of the Lord that which also I 
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the 
same night in which he was betrayed, took 
bread," etc. The ordinances instituted in 
that night doubtless were what Paul deliv- 
ered to the church at Corinth. We learn 
from this that there are a plurality of ordi- 
nances to be kept. Baptism is an ordinance 
by which a penitent believer is incorporated 
into the church, but, if rightly observed, not 
to be repeated, — therefore not one of the or- 
dinances to be kept; that being the case, ac- 
cording to the popular idea, there would be 
only one ordinance to be kept; certainly only 
one as having been instituted in the night of 
the betrayal, and in that case there would be 
only one ordinance, and not "ordinances," to 
be kept, as indicated by the apostle. 

We need have no fears of corrupting the 
religion of Jesus, by observing feet-washing 
as an ordinance of the church, and to inti- 
mate, as our author has done, that feet-wash- 
ing, as an ordinance, is a human addition, is 
a misnomer that I would be afraid to utter, 
lest it might be fatal to my prospects of en- 
joying a participation with Christ now and 
in the great future. We cannot, surely, be 
too careful how we handle the Word of God. 

B. F.^Mooauw. 



"The poor have ye al^rays with you," is an 
injunction by our Master. No one denies 
the truth of this statement; even the infi- 
del joina the believer in declaring this a 
truth. Kings of all civiliz3d nations have 
recognized this fact, and have devised means 
for the protection of this class of beings. 

There are many v/ays in which the poor 
receive aid from their brethren who 
are living in better circumstances. The 
poor-liouse, the alms-hou?6 and the orphans' 
home have been established for this purpose. 
The class who are poor in a moral sense have 
for their protection the jail and penitentiary. 

In general these institutions are erected 
and sustained by a tax levied by the govern- 
ment or nation in which they are established. 
Each person owning property is compelled 
to pay a certain per cent on the value of it 
for this fund. If the tax-payer neglects his 
duty, his property is sold and he is driven 
from it. Thus we can readily see that all 
our property belongs to the king, or rather 
to the government. We can also see that we 
are, to some extent, our brother's keeper. 

Can we not now grasp a deeper thought? 
Can we not now ask the question. Has not 
the Lord a poor-houee? Am not I (not 
some one else) called upon to aid in raising 
a fund to sustain this cause? Does not ev- 
erything that I have belong to my King? 

The inmates o£ Gcd's poor-house are not 
languishing on account of physical wants. 
They are spiritually poor; they are hunger- 
ing for the bread of life; they are thirsting 
for the water of life; they are suffering se- 
verely for the want of being clothed in the 
robs of righteousness. Millions of souls are 
famishing because Christians do not prac- 
tically believe in the necessity of teaching 
all nations. 

Is the Lord's tax a few cents, or nothing, 
when we willingly pay our collector ten, 
twenty, or a hundred dollars, or even more, 
for earthly affairs? Are the souls of men of 
lees value than their clayey bodies? Can we 
compare the eternal with the temporal? — 
What will our heavenly King do with our 
property, yes, with our souls, if we neglect 
his taxes? These are grave questions, ques- 
tions that concern Christians, for souls are 
at stake. Come, brethren, come, sisters, let 
us awaken; let us be earnest about this all- 
important matter! Come, let us thereby lay 
up treasures in heaven. 

Devotion to a friend does not consist in 
doing everything for him, but simply that 
which is agreeable, and of service to him, 
and let it only be revealed to him by acci- 
dent. We all love freedom, and cling tena- 
ciously to our little fancies. We do not like 
others to arrange what we have purposely 
left in disorder; we even resent their over- 
anxiety and care for us. 

Eepbntance is a view of sin that leads us 
to hate it, to turn from it, and accept Christ 
on bia own termg. 



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FOR 3 887? 

La>t year we adopted the plan of continu- 
ing the Messenger to all those whose sub- 
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have found that our course in this matter 
has met with pretty general approval. Many 
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ing the MESSE^'GEB. In a few cases the plan 
has not met with approval, but eo general 
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which you have already received we donate 
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out a great many copies free to those who 
are not able to pay for it, but we expect all, 
who are able to do so, to pay us. 

Bro. S. J. Harrison visited this offioe last 

Bro. J. W. Gripe reports an interesting 
series of rceeticga in progress at Milford, 

Bro. D. B. Martin has changed his ad- 
dress from Nickereon to Clarence, Barton 
Co., Kan. 

Some of our subscribers are asking for the 

Messenger for Dec. 28, No paper was is- 
sued on that date. 

A NUMBER of new students are registered 
at the school, and the roll now shows not far 
from 180 students. 

Nest week we will publish the quarterly 
report of the General Church Erection and 
Missionary Committee. 

The Annual Meeting will be held May 31, 
instead of May 18, as was erroneously stated 
in these columns a few weeks ago. 

In our notices last week we said that Bro. 
Neff spent his vacation in Indiana. It was 
a mistake, as we since learn that Covington, 
Ohio, had the greater attraction for him. 

Bro. O. C. Ellis, our agent for the Mes- 
senger in the Antioch church, Ind,, visited 
Mt. Morris the last week in the old year. 
His daughter is attending school at this place. 

Bro. S. Kuhn, of the Naperville church, 
made us a short call on the 4th inst. We 
were engaged with the Missionary Commit- 
tee at the time, and did not have an opportu- 
nity to en]oy his visit. Come again, Bro. 

We have the sad news of the death of sis- 
ter Berkeybile, wife of Eld. E K. Berkey- 
bile, of Falls City, Nebr. We extend to Bro. 
B. and his bereaved family our heartfelt 
sympathy. May the Lord comfort them in 
their sad bereavement. 

Bro. James Paxton, of Great Bend, Kan., 
says: "I cannot well do without the Messen- 
ger. Bro. Balsbaugh's article, "Forked 
Tongues," and Bro. I. J. Rosenberger'e, on 
"The Great Want of the Church," in the is- 
sue of Dee. 14, 1886, are worth the price of 
the paper, to me, for a year." 

Once it became the duty of Lincoln to 
reprimand a young officer who had been 
court-martialed for a quarrel with one of 
his associates. He used the following lan- 
guage, which we wish every one of our read 
ers would commit to memory for use when 
they are tempted to quarrel: 

"The advice of a father to his ton, 'Beware of entrance 
to a 'luarrel, but being in, bear it that the opposed may 
beware of thee!' is good, but not the best. Quarrel not 
at all. No man re.solved to make the most of himself 
can spare time for personal contention. Still less can 
he afford to take all the consequences, including the 
vitiating of his temper and the loss of self-control. Yield 
larger things to which you can ^how no more than equal 
right; and yield lesser ones though clearly your own. 
Better give your path to a dog than be bitton by him in 
contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would 
not cure the bite." 

Bro. Daniel Vaniman preached in the 
Chapel on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 
the 3rd and 4th inst. From here he went to 
Franklin Grove, Lee Co., III., where he will 
remain two weeks, holding meetings. 

Bro. S. a. Honberqer, of Bernard, Gra- 
ham Co., Mo., preached for the Brethren at 
Lanark, Sunday evening, the 2ad inst., and 
is expected to hold a few meetings in succes- 
sion, beginning the 8th inst. He, with Bro. 
L. Schmucker, visited our offioe. 

Uncle John ^navely is an uncompromis- 
ing foe of tobacco. He says: "People some- 
times complain that they are too poor to take 
a church paper, but when they want tobacco 
they make no complaint, paying from fifty to 
eighty cents a pound for it, and think they 
do God service. I have often wondered 
whether God lives in a tobacco house. Oh, 
cleanse yourselves from this iilthiness, that 
you may receive the ingrafted word, which is 
able to save your souls, and perfect you in 
holiness, in the fear of God." 

On Christmas Day a young man jumped 
from a ferry boat at New York and was 
drowned. Before taking the fatal leap he 
gave utterance to the following warning: 
"Young men, stay away from horse races and 
pool rooms." Oh, how many lives and souls 
are ruined at these places, and yet we hear 
of professed Christians who go to the coun- 
ty fairs, so called, which are, in many cases, 
only horse races, taking their innocent chil- 
dren with them. What a fearful responsibil- 
ity they are taking upon themselves, and 
how will they answer to God for their exam- 
ple and the way they are bringing up their 

Mrs. Logan, the devoted wife of Senator 
John A. Logan, speaking of her husband a 
few days before his death, said: "I belong to 
that class of American women who feel that 
the glory of their husbands is their glory. I 
choose rather to shine on the reflected light 
of my husband than to put myself forward. 
It has always been my sole ambition to be a 
good and useful wife and a true mother. I 
have been the companion of my husband, 
and I think this is the sole ambition of the 
great mass of American women, as it should 
be." Mrs. Logan evidently believes, with 
Paul, that "the head of the woman is the 
man," and it is cheering to hear such words 
from the wives of our American statesmen, 
especially in these days of separate estab- 
lishments and divorces in high life. The 
words are a credit to the noble woman who 
uttered them. Her life was an example of 
true wifely and motherly devotion. "With 
a purpose as single as that of the needle that 
points to the pole, with a womanly faith and 
trust in his destiny that never wavered, help- 
ing, encouraging, consoling him in all the 
vicissitudes of his life, with her wifely hopes 
tending to his advancement alone, she was 
an unparalleled blessing to all the days of 
bis life with which her existence was allied, 
The widow's God will be her comforter," 

J an. 11, 1887. 



Beo. C. p. Long, of Psyne's Store, Tex., is 
distribating tracts and the miesionary number 
of the Messekgeb among the people in his 
neighborhood. He is fuil of zaai for the 
Master's cause, and we hope the good seed 
he is sowing will soon bear fruit. 

From Bro, William Ikenberry, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, we have a letter, fall of kind and 
eEcoureging words for the Messenger. He 
says: "The paper is well liked here, as far as 
I know. Mar.y of the brethren have said to 
me, 'We cannot do without the Messenger.' 
The paper is very good, but I hope and pray 
that our editors will be enabled, by grace di- 
vine, to make it &till better. May the good 
Lord blees you sad the noble work in which 
you are engaged, and I hope that we may all 
do more for the cause of our Master in the 
comicg year than we have in the past. We 
have done well in the EQissionary work, but 
can we not do better? Give this good work 
all the encouragement yoti can through the 
Messenger " 


A SISTER sends her ucconverted brother a copy of Ihe 
Gospel Messenger. He is pleased with it, and sub- 
scribes for it for a year. He reads it and then gives it 
to his neighbors to read, and soon has eight or ten sub- 
scribers, all of whom are well pleased with the pape)-. 
Next they want to hear the Brethren preach. A biolh- 
er goes and baptizes eight, and, after a few months, two 
brethren visit the same place again, baptize fourteen 
move and organize a church with twenty-two members — 
ail inside of three years. How often good could be ac- 
complished, and that, too, with little expense, by send- 
ing the paper or a tract to some one who is away from 
the church ! V/ho will follow the example of this sister V 

Enoch Eby. 

We rejoice to know that the Messenger is 
reaching those who are cut of Christ, and if, 
in God's providence, the paper has been in- 
strumental in bringing these precious souls 
to a saving knowledge of the truth as it ia in 
Jesus, we have cause to be glad, and we 
know that those who have labored so faith- 
fully for the success of our paper will rejoice 
with us. 

Let us all take courage and labor more 
faithfully for the cause of the Master this 
year of grace than we have ever done before. 
Eternity alone will reveal the results of ear- 
nest, honest work for the cause of Christ. 
Kealizing this, and with it the importance of 
sending out weekly a messenger filled with 
truth, we ask an interest in the prayers of 
God's people. 


"As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from 
a far country." 

—Bro. J. M. Eeplogle, of the Mexico 
church, Ind., says that Bro. J. M. Wright 
preached for them on Christmas Day. One 
precious soul was received by baptism, and 
one who had wandered away from the fold 
was reclaimed. Daring the year 1886, twen- 
ty-five were received into the Mexico church 
by baptism, and two were reclaimed- Let 
•Qs all rejoice and be glad. 

— Bro. E. A. Yoder, of Harlaa, Iowa, in- 
forms us that Bro. Prank McOune, of Dallas 
Center, Iowa, was with them Dec. 27, hold- 
ing a series of meetings. The interest was 

— Bro. A. A. Hetzel, of Astoria, would not 
do without the Messenger, as it always 
comes to them laden with good food for the 
soul, and be asks God to send his blessing 
with it wherever it goes. 

—Bro. T. E. Marsh, of Friendsville, Blount 
Co., Tenn., thinks that the tracts distributed 
there are doing good, and asks that a minis- 
ter be sent to them. Will our Tennessee 
brethren look after this call? 

—Prom Bro. S. 0. Smith, of Sunfield, 
Mich., we learn that the good work is mov- 
ing forward in their church. On Christmas 
Day one young brother was received by bap- 
tism. They expect to begin a series of meet- 
ings the lest of the present month. 

— Sister Busan Slrope, of Oreans, 111., 
would like to have some of our ministers vis- 
it and preach in that place. She has dis- 
tributed tracts, and the people say our doc- 
trine is correct. Here is an opening for the 
Mission Board of Southern Illinois. 

— Bro. G. W. Hop wood repoita the Deep 
River church, Iowa, as making some progress 
in the Master's woik. Since August last, 
five have been received by baptism, and oth- 
ers are almost ready to come. Bro. Hop- 
wood'a health is not good, and he asks an in- 
terest in the prayers of the brethren and sis- 

— Bro. John C. Franiz writes from the 
Greenland church, Va, that Bro. Aaron Pike 
held a series of meetings for them recently. 
The weather was bad, and congregations 
rather small, but the attention and interest 
were good. Later, Bro. Z. Annon preached 
for them at their different appointments. — 
Daring these meetings one was added to the 
church by baptism. 

— Bro. Wm. Plickinger, of Morrill, Kan., 
thus encourages the Messenger: "May the 
dear Messenger long live to help pilgrims 
on their way Zionward, and continue to be 
both en incentive and a guide to God. May 
the editors bear up the burden placed upon 
them. Nothing is gained without labor ex- 
cept poverty. Let us not have poverty of 
mind, but a treasury well stored with useful 

— Bro. E. Miller, of Sidney, Ind., sends us 
a short esuay on the Lord's Prayer. He 
thinks it is well that we, as a church, use the 
model prayer, but offers a warning that we 
do not get so in the habit of using it that it 
becomes to us a mere form of words rather 
than a prayer coming from the heart. There 
ia danger in this, because of the frequency 
with which we use the words. The brother's 
warning is a good one, and all of us will do 
well to see that our prayers are not mere 
forms of words, for if so, they come not from 
the heart, but from the lips. The prayer of 
faith comes from the heart, and it is often a 
groan or a sigh that cannot be nttered or 
formulated into words. 

—Bro. D. P. Miller, of the Berrien church, 
Mich., gives us the following good news: 
"Oar meeting began Nov. 28, and continued 
until Dec. 23, and as a result sixteen were 
added to the church. May God's name be 
praised and glorified for all the good he has 
done. To him all praise belongs. Bro. I. 
N. Miller conducted the meetings, and la- 
bored faithfully for the salvation of souls. 
May God's choicest blessings rest upon him! 
We desire the prayers of all God's faithful 
children every- where, that we may ever labor 
for the good cause." 

— Bro. J. D. Haughtelin, of Panora, Iowa, 
fends the following: "Bro, J. S. Mohler, of 
Morrill, Kan., started for his home the last 
of December, after preaching in Dallas and 
Guthrie counties every night, and frequently 
in the day time, for over a month. He la- 
bored acceptably, v/ith zeal and power, with 
a growing interest at each place. Though 
there were no additions, the church has been 
much edified and strengthened, and many 
sinners were caused to seriously reflect. We 
hope the fruits may be seen hereafter. God 
bless our dear brother." 

— Bro J, Y. Eisenberg, of Coventry, Pa., 
writes as follows: ''The Brethren of the Cov- 
entry church, Chester Co., Pa,, commenced a 
series of meetings on Nov. 27, and closed on 
Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, with five applica- 
tions for baptism. Bro. J. T. Meyers, of the 
Green Tree church, %va3 with us part of the 
time, and preached for U3. May the good 
Lord add his blessing! The Brethren at 
Lawrenceville commenced a series of meet- 
ings on Sunday evening, Dec. 26, under the 
charge of Eld. J. P. Hetric, with the pros- 
pect of Eld. Amos Hain, of New Jersey, to 

— Bro. John S. Snowberger writes from 
David City, Nebr,, under date of Dec. 22, 
that he is out in the field at work. He was 
at that time holding meetings north-east of 
David City, and expected to go from there 
to the Weeping Water church, and then to 
North Beatrice. May the blessings of heav- 
en attend our brother in his labors for good ! 

— Bro. J. P. Hay, of Mingo, Iowa, tells of 
the departure of Bro. Charles Hilary and his 
family, with a number of others, for their 
new home at Quinter, Kan. Before separat- 
ing they knelt down together and ofi'ered a 
prayer to God, after which the tearful fare- 
wells were given, and the company started 
on their journey for Kansas. 

— Bro. Daniel P. Shively sends us the fol- 
lowing items from the Pipe Creek church, 
Ind.: "Bro. Jesse Stuizman preached eleven 
sermons for us, which were much appreciat- 
ed. One wag added to the church, and im- 
pressions were made which will yet tell for 
the building up of Christ's kingdom on the 
earth. Our church meeting, Dec. 9, passed 
off pleasantly. Delegates were appointed to 
represent the church at District and Annual 
Meeting. Oar active solicitor, Bro. Samuel 
Coblenfz, reported S21 55 collected for Home 
Miseione. We thank God that our little 
church is awakening to the importance of 
providing means by which souls may be 
byought to Obriit." 



Jan. 11,1887. 


Write what thoQ seest — aadeenci >t onto the charches. 

Our Meetiui 

On the evenirig of Thanksgiving day, Bro 
Jacob Snyder of Wsynesboro, commenced a 
meetiijg here in the to-pru hall. The weather 
wa8 very inclement and the audience email, 
bnt he gave ne a grand eermon, appropriate 
for the dsy. He remained over two Sandays 
and preached every evening daring the week. 
Part of the time, osving to rough weather 
and prejudice in the miud^ of the people, 
the meetings were small, but on Saturday 
and Sanday night.s we had large congrega- 
tions. The last service, alihough the weath- 
er was very inclement, was well attended, 
and a great desire manifested by many to 
have the meeting continued. In a place like 
this, T^hen we often have no service for 
twelve week?, it must not be expected that 
an interest can be aroused in a few sermons. 
It always takes a week or so to get the peo- 
ple interested, and theD, heretofore, our 
meetings have always closed. Could Bro. 
Snyder have remained another week we feel 
8UJ"e he would have hed good ccngtegatione, 
and we hope he would have saved some souls. 

Many gathered around him to give the 
parting hand — iome who were present that 
evening for the fiiet time and who now ex- 
press their regrtt that they did not attend 
regularly. The general regret was that our 
meeting must close, which made us hope for 
the future. 

It must be remembered that v,e have not 
the material here that large congregations 
have, but we have some. Then, too, there 
are those who u^e their influence against us. 
It takes time and patience, but we feel if the 
Midsion Board will agbist us in this work, 
sometLicg good will be accomplished. There 
are these here who want the whole truth but 
cannot see the way quite clearly yet. Many 
ask, "When will Bro. Snyder come again and 
will he come to stay? This is what we 
want and need some one to come and stay 
and preach for us every Sunday. Many 
say, "If you had regular service as oth 
era and an organized church, you would 
get members." People like to have a home 
where they can be Hure cf remaining. We 
do hope some arrangements can be made to 
locate H good man in Path Valley. If rot, 
that we can at least have so.'ne one sent ev- 
ery few weeks at the farthest. Six weeks 
is too far apart to build up a church, but, 
considering the distance, we cannot ask the 
Back Creek brethren to do more. When we 
consider the immense wealth in the Middle 
District of Penneylvania, and then think how 
little has been done in spreading the gospel 
in these isolated valleys, we must conclude 
we have not done what we could. There are 
places where there are six ministers at one 
meeting, — jastfive too many. These could 
be sent out by the church to other fields. 
"How can they preach unless they be sent?" 
is an important question, and one the laity 
of the church to consider. We have the min- 
jstere who will gladly lay aside worldly busi- 

ness and go and preach the uns.-earchable 
riches of Christ, but the church has a right 
to send them and support them too. We, 
as a people, talk a great deal about keeping 
the commandments, bnt, sarely, we are neg- 
lecting a very important one when we refuse 
to aid the faithful ministry. When I look 
around and see what other denominations 
are doing for missions and how they send 
out their men to isolated places, organizing 
churches all over the land, I feel that we are 
remiss in duty. "Even so hath the Lord or- 
dained that they who preach the gospel 
should live of the gnepei." Surely, if the 
Lord has ordained it so, we should not try io 
hinder his work and ri^taid the success of 
the cause! 

Seeing the interest manifested, we feel very 
sorry to see our brother leave, but duty call- 
ed him home. If bis earnest labors among 
ua could be followed by regular services ev- 
ery week or two, the work would not be so 
hard when we have a continued meeting. 
We hope to have him here often, as we feel 
sure he could accomplish good. A man of 
his ability ought not to be detained at home 
to make a living, but should be kept in the 
mission field constantly, proclaiming the 
glad tidings to lost souls. There are many 
others in the District who would do good 
work were they sent out, but must refuse 
calls to "go" because they have not the 
means to serve the church and their own 
families also. If the church once becomes 
thoroughly awakened to mission work, the 
means will be provided and good will be ac- 
complished. Wealthy A. Buekholder. 

Glad TicUugs. 

Our dear brother, D. P. Stouffer came to 
us Nov. 20, according to previous arrange- 
ments. He preached a telling sermon in the 
Troutsville congregation on Sunday. He had 
an excellent theme, and one most appropri- 
ate to the occasion. He received the most 
marked attention, while he pointed out to 
hia hearers, /rne wisdom, compared with 

Job knew whereof he spake, when, in the 
28th chapter of his book, he so beautifully 
drew the line between the knowledge that 
pertains to the sciences and arts, and "the 
wisdom that is from above." That "is first 
pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be 
entreated." "Her ways are ways of pleasant- 
ness, and all her paths are peace." "Knowl- 
edge puffath up," wisdom humiliates and 
condescends; knowledge boasteth of what she 
knows, wisdom realizes that she now "sees 
through a glass darkly." 

On Sunday night Bro. Stoufi"er commenced 
a series of twelve meetings, in the Valley 
church — the central congregation in the 
Botetourt church district. He also preached 
two sermons to interested congregations in 
the Bethel church, one of the wings of our 
church district. 

The circumstances surrounding our meet- 
ings, were the most unfavorable. It rained 
often, the nights were dark and cloudy and 
the roads very muddy- so much so that we 
' misged entirely two appoiutmentB. Howev- 

er, the people seemed anxious to attend, and 
the audiences increased to the last meeting. 

Under all the outside disadvantages, God's 
spirit prevailed in the assembly, and induced 
many to come out on the Lord's side. A 
number of wanderers, who had not yet stray- 
ed very far from the Father's house, return- 
ed to the junction of the narrow way, and de- 
clared their intention to walk therein. Fri- 
day, Dec. 3, the congregation came together 
for the purpose of listening to a discourse on 
the all-important subject of baptism. This 
seemed neeesfiary, preparatory to inducting 
the applicants into the church of God. 

Altliongh different from our regular prac- 
tice, by agreement the candidates for bap- 
tism occupied the front seats, and were ad- 
dressed in the presence of the whole congre- 
gation, the bouse being crowded at the time. 
The rules of church government were spoken 
of, and commented upon, after which they 
were asked personally to conform to them. 

I feel safe in saying that the expression of 
every considerate mind present, indicated a 
realization of the solemnity of the occasion. 
When the sacred vow was taken before God, 
many witnessed the scene. All seemed to 
enjoy the opportunity of hearing and know- 
ing that we require our members to be gov- 
erned by the rules of the church, as long as 
they are in conformity with the Word of 

Brethren and sister.'^, can you imagine the 
joy vie all felt! Think of the glad hearts of 
fathers and mothers, and of God's ministerb, 
who had long labored and prayed, to see sev- 
enteen precious souls arise, and resolve to 
live for Jesus! The church now has seven- 
teen more lambs to be fed, and there are 
more who have promised to come, in the near 
future. There are now so many more of us 
to help bear each others' burdens, and to 
help move on in the Lord'a work. 

On the bank of a beautiful stream of pure, 
fresh water, near the crystal fountain, we 
gathered, that the dear ones might be buried 
with Christ in baptism. Though it was cold, 
the mercury being below the freezing point, 
they were planted in the likeness of Christ's 
death, and arose to walk in newness of life. 

The immersion in the clear stream, so near 
to the fountain, beautifully illustrated the 
necessity of coming to the fountain, "opened 
to the house of David, and to all the inhab- 
itants of Jerusalem, for all sin and unclean- 
nesB." Oh, the great importance of drinking 
from that fountain, that we need nevermore 

Bro. Stouffer endeared himself to all with 
whom he came in contact. Saints were com- 
forted and encouraged, and sinners made to 
tremble — "almost persuaded." The Word 
was spoken "in demonstration of the spirit 
and of power." 

We all hope to see his smiling face in our 
midst again, as he taught and lived that 
apostolic injunction, "be courteous," to all. 
If the politician clasps the hand of the vot- 
er to secure his vote; if the merchant gives 
the warm grasp to invite custom; should not 
God's ministers exercise all due Christian 
courtesy to win souls? 

Jan. 11, 1887. 



Truly, God's word will not return unto bim 
void, but it will accomplieh that that pleaa- 
eth him. T. 0. Denton. 

The Alpena Love-feast. 

Having seen Bro. Miller's notice of their 
love- feast to be held Nov. 20, at Alpena, Dak., 
my companion and I left LBnark, 111., on the 
18th, to attend the feast. We were delayed 
four hours by the recent saows in Northern 
Iowa, the road being drifted shut in many 
places. When we arrived at Alpena, we 
weeded our v?ay acrosB the prairie to Bro. 
Miller's home, where we were kindly receiv- 
ed, and whose hospitality we will long re- 

Here we met, for the first time, our dear 
brother. Eld. Wm. Cook, o£ Bijou Hills, he 
having previously been called to unite Bro, 
Miller's daughter, Anna, and Mr. 0. Eoyer 
in wedlock. He was now holdiBg forth the 
Word of Life to the people of Alpena, 

Bro. Wm. Horning also arrived from Ab 
erdeen, to participate in the feast. At about 
i P. M. the Bntbien began to arrive at the 
place appointed, namely, the school-house in 
Alpena. Here we met a dear brother who 
had walked over seventy-fivo miles, to be 
present at the feast. When interrogated 
about the walk, he replied, that his feet were 
sore, but nothing as compared with the 
pierced feet of his dear Savior. I thought, 
Verily, I have not seen so great faith, no, 
not in all Illinois. Two large extension ta- 
bles were set for the Lord's Supper, and 
around them gathered twenty-three mem- 
berg, some of whom had not communed for a 
long time. Bro. Cook officiated at the feast, 
with due reverence to the occasion. 

The house was filled with spectators, who 
were aaxiouely beholding the ceremonies. 
Some were not able to gain admittance into 
the house, and had to return home. Many 
bad never heard of the Brethren until they 
came to Dakota, and of course were curious 
to know how God's people observed the ordi- 
nance of feet-washing. Some seemed favor- 
ably impressed, while others were quite in- 
different. It was a very enjoyable feast, and 
we trust the Brethren will long remember 
the occasion, and the good resolutions made. 
May the dear brethren and sisters be bright 
and shining lights to the world, that othere, 
seeing their good works, may be made will- 
ing to serve God. 

After the feast we endeavored to assist the 
Brethren in holding forth the word. Meet- 
ing was continued over Thanksgiving, with 
good interest. This is a field where much 
good may be done, if the brethren are care- 
ful in the work. We saw many intelligent- 
looking men and women, who would ride 
miles to be present at the evening meetings, 
and earnestly listen to the word as it is was 
held forth. One thing needed is a suitable 
house in which to worship. A little assist- 
ance from the churches in the States might 
be the means of saving many souls. 

On Thanksgiving evening we bade the 
Brethren farewell, lan^' were sooa traveling 
yspidiy south, to visit tb§ Brethren at Dai- 

las Center, Iowa. Arrrived there the next 
evening, and held four meetings with the 
Brethren here. The church here has been 
laboring under some difficulties, as a few 
have gone with the Progressive element. — 
We trust the Brethren will put forth new 
energies and not be discouraged, for "God is 
a stronghold in time of trouble." 

On Wednesday evening we preached in 
the Methodist church at Woodward, the sta- 
tion where we took the cars for home. I be- 
lieve this was the first time the Brethren 
preached in this town. Had good attention 
and a fair congregation, as it was the even- 
ing of their prayer- meeting. We feel thank- 
ful for their kiKdneee, and hope the Breth- 
ren will remember this point, as they strong- 
ly invited us to preach again, when conveni- 
ent. Arrived home next day, and found the 
family well, for which we thank God. 


From Herrinjjtou, Kan. 

AccOKDiNG to previous arrangements, the 
brethren and sisters convened in the school- 
house at the above-named place, on Sept. 4, 
for the purpose of organizing a church. Aft- 
er the usual devotional evercises, the follow- 
ing business was transacted, in the fear of 
the Lord. Elders John Humbarger and J. 
D. Trostle officiated, and Eld. George Wine 
acted as Clerk, pro. tern ,— all of the Abilene 

Question 1. — Are you willing to be organ- 
ized in the order of the general Brotherhood? 
This was unanimously agreed to. 

Question 2. — What is the name of the or- 
ganization? Herriogton church. 

Question 3. — What is the boundary of 
said organization? North boundary is the 
north line of Township No. 13, Dickinson 
county. East boundary, east line of Morris 
county. South boundary, south lines of Mor- 
ris and Dickinson counties. West boundary 
ig between Ranges No. 3 and 4, Dickinson 

Question 4. — Clerk was balloted for, and 
the lot fell on Geo. R. Browning. 

Question 5 — Treasurer was balloted for, 
and the lot fell on Bro. Samuel Shirk. 

Question 6.— Solicitor for Home Mission 
balloted for, and the burden was placed on 
sister Sabina F. Browning. 

Question 7. — Solicitor for General Mission 
was balloted for, and the burden fell on sis- 
ter Harriet Smith. 

Question 8.— Elder balloted for, and the 
church made choice of Bro. J. D. Trostle, of 
the Abilene church, as their officiating elder 
for the present, until further arrangements 
are made. 

The Herrington church has about forty 
members, with the following corps of officers: 
Brethren T. J. Nair and H. J. Smith, minis- 
ters in the second degree ; Bro. Samuel Fer- 
rer, minister in the first degree; brethren 
John Knop, Samuel D. Shirk and William 
Shotts, deacons. Meeting closed by singiag, 
and prayer offered by Eld. George Wine. 
Since the organization we have bad one ad- 
dition by bapt>3m. Qeobgb R, Browning. 

Isolated Members. 

We feel under obligations to write some- 
thing for the benefit of the general reader, 
but more especially for the isolated members 
in the "far West." Oar hearts are often 
made sad when we read of some of our mem- 
bers living where they have not the privileges 
of the gospel that we have, and who are not 
found by our traveling evaagelieta. We wish 
to call the attention of the Home Miaaion of 
South-weatern Kansas, to some members who 
live in Edwards County, about ten miles west 
of Kingaley, the county- seat, and two miles 
south of Offerle, a railroad town on the 
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R. R. 

We met them ia our travels, not long since 
end we found a people who are intelligent and 
very anxious to hear the gospel preached. We 
held a meeting in the neighborhood. It is 
as new to them to go to meeting, as staying 
home from meeting is to us. The names of 
the members are Samuel Worst and wife. 
I am happy to say that they are sound ia the 
faiih; iheir isolation has not driven them 
from the faith they espoused while living in 
a populous community of brethren and sis- 
ters. But, as we are living in a world of al- 
lurements, temptations and crosses, we know 
not what may become of us without spiritual 
food and shelter. 

I noticed in the Messengee that the ad- 
dress of Bro. Enoch Eby, for a time, wbb 
to be Great Bend, Barton Co., Kan. This is 
about fifty miles from the place of which I 
speak. I also noticed that a Bro. Long is to 
settle about ten miles west of Great Bend, 
which will bring him within forty miles of 
them. It will take but a little effort on the 
part of these brethren, to visit those members 
and do for them what they may think advis- 
able, and at least see that they do not perish. 
By a little effort, a church may be established 
and many souls brought into the fold of 
Christ, in that part of God's moral heritage. 

Oar State is rapidly filling up with an in- 
telligent, enterprising class of people, who 
will be an honor to the church, and profitable 
to God, and by a proper effort on the part of 
the Church, through her evangelists, many 
may be saved. George Worst. 

Social Prayer-Meeting'. 

I AM constrained to give to the readers of 
the G. M. an account of our good meetings 
here in the vicinity of Macleay, Marion Co., 
Oregon. They were commenced in October, 
and already they are having a very good in- 
fluence. Truly, the members are becoming 
more in earnest, and consequently we are ev- 
idently gaining in spiritual life, not only 
emotional, but in that oneness that is so very 
important for the peace and welfare of tfce 
church. We had previously only one meet- 
ing each month; truly it is a happy change. 
I hope that such true life may be attained, 
through the means thus used, that none can 
ever be willing to see them discontinued. 
Oar blessed Master never did anything in 
vain, and for that reason his people must be- 
come of one mind. Surely there is no way 
more ealeulated to briag ui to the same miod 



Jau. 11,1887. 

than often coming togeti:er, in cariitst, 
whcle-hesrted prayer and f.dmoniehing to a 
more earnest, zealous life of true devotion to 
the cause of Christ. It is astoniehing to see 
the improvement weekly in the inter* st man- 
ifested in such meeting?, find also in search- 
ing the ATord, especially the passage select- 
ed to be used ht our next meeting, and much 
beside that, too. May the day soon come 
when all obedient children of God may be- 
come of one mind and speak the same thing! 

I. N. Ceosswait. 

Prom JVIasiersoiiville, Lancaster Co , Pa. 

AxoTHER year has closed v.itu the sorrows 
and labors c£ God's people. A revievv of the 
work, or part of the work, of cur (Chiques) 
church shows the following resalt: Twenty- 
three received by baptism; eleven by letter; 
lost by letter, six; by death, eight; disowned, 
one; leaving net gain of nineteen. The old- 
est who died was eighty- eight, the youngest, 
forty-seven; average, seventy-two. The of- 
licers are, four ministers and sis deacons, 
with over four hundred members. Two 
love-feasts were held, in ilay and October, 
respectively. One Sanday- school establish- 
ed under control of the Brethren. Prepara- 
tions are now beicg made for several series 
of meetings. At our last quarterly council, 
held Dec. 13, the soIicitorB reported 860 col- 
lected, which WES divided as follows: 830 for 
District Mission "Work; 815 for General Mis- 
sion; $15 for Book and Tract Work. Had a 
very pleasant meeting; are in love and peace. 

S. E. ZUG. 

From the Mission Field. 

Bidding our family and the pleasures of 
the home circle farewell, Dec. 4, I started in 
obedience to the call from the Brethren liv- 
ing in the isolated part of the North Star 
church, D&ike Co., O. TLcngh few in num- 
ber, we found warm-hearted and -sincere 
members. Continued services from the dth 
until the 12tb, and, although the advantages 
were limited, having no church (only a 
school hoase, which was far too small for the 
congregations J, the interest was good, and 
excellent order was maintained, a very ee- 
eentifil matter for a good meeting. Daring 
the day we had meetings at private houses, 
which we found to be very advisable, under 
eiie'.iDg eircamstances, giving all the mem- 
bers an opportunity to speak a word for Je- 
BU3. Many tears of joy and sorro'v flowed, 
when sweet-aged mothers, as our esteemed 
sister Shively, exhorted those younger to be 
active in their Master's cause. Many were 
the questions presented by those who were 
yet strangers to the doctrine of the Bible, as 
believed and practiced by our Fraternity, by 
which some important ideas presented them- 
selves for the mission field. First, that min- 
isters should be fully established in the faith, 
and willing fearlessly to advocate the whole 
truth, studying to show themselves approved 
workmen. Ministers should not only study 
their Bibles, bn!:, like the honest physician 
studies the wants of his patient, so should 
they study the wants of their hearers, pre- 

senting their obligations to Christ and his 

The latter is a truth not only overlooked, 
but even denied by some, which inevitably 
brings trouble. On the eveniug of the 10th, 
three precious souls confessed Christ, and 
on the following day we gathered by the 
shore of a large artificial lake. As we looked 
in vain to see the opposite shore, we thought, 
What a fitting representation of God's eter- 
nal love! Meeting closed with good interest. 
Five were baptized and one reclaimed, with 
a number of promises to come soon. I ear- 
nestly urge that we be not forgetful of those, 
living where there is no regular, organized 
church, or regular services, for, truly, many 
are there who should be taught the truth as 
it is in Jesus. Thanks to the dear roem- 
bers for their mutual labors and kindness 
May the good work go on ! 

Isaac Fbantz. 

One filore Appeal for the Orphans' Home, 

This subject has been on my mind for a 
long time, and this cold December morning, 
after reading oar morning's chapter (Col. 3), 
and gathering around the table with eight 
children, in a warm room, plenty to eat, fa- 
ther and mother to watch their every act, to 
care for their every want, and instruct them 
in the ways of truth, I changed the scene in 
my mind. I admit that by the grace of God 
I am thus blessed. 

Another fellow-traveler, who started out 
with me twenty years ago, also has a family 
of eight children as bright and loving as my 
own. Adverse circumstances fell to his lot. 
His wife was sickly, and I forbear to picture 
to you the toil and trials of his faith and 
cires of life, till he finally broke down, and 
disease invaded his mortal body. To every 
other calamity for that family the loss of 
their main support is the greatest. 

If ever there was a man amiable, it was 
that man; if ever there was a husband fond, 
it was that husband and father. His hope, 
his joy were in the future of his children; 
his toils were forgotten in the affections of 
his home, and in his last afiiiction he look- 
ed to bis wife to care for the children, and 
he was comforted in death. But in vain do 
they look to the sorrowing mother. Her 
heart is broken, her mind is in ruins, her 
very form is fading from the earth. She 
never raised her head; the children followed 
her to the grave. No home, father or moth- 
er; gone forever! Is God unkind? 

For my part I do not wonder at the im- 
pression this has prodacsd on my mind, 
when I contemplate the triumph that misery 
has marked out over youth, health and hap- 
piness. I know that in the racks of what 
we call fashion life, there is a class of peo- 
ple wonderfully unfeeling to their feilow- 
creaturea' sufferings,— men too insensible to 
feel for any one, especially for others. I 
trust there are none among us who can hear 
of destitute children without sympathy. I 
hope none may ever feel its import who have, 
in this wilderness of woe, but one dear dar- 
ling object, without whose company blias 

would be joyless, whose smile has cheered 
his toil, whose love and childish prattle com- 
forted him, whose angel spirit guided him 
through temptation, and was more than friend 
and world and all to you. Should you die, 
God forbid that by our neglect or want of 
zeal this child of a Christian parent should 
be left to the mercies of a cold and cruel 

In this letter I do not seek to impugn the 
conclusions of the Committee of District 
Meeting. That would be unwise. Neither 
say I aught because District Meeting accept- 
ed said report. But I had hoped for years 
that the time would come when the Brethren 
would have an institution, or a plan to sup- 
port the fatherless, in which I could aid 
them. Now, when I see the light dawning, 
the dear old brethren who had spent time 
and money for a home, let their hands fall 
because the plan did not work weU. Natur- 
ally, if the child falls, it will rise again, 

Brethren, this is a noble object, a good 
work of God. The Bible abounds in com- 
mands to care for the fatherless. 

As D. M. has given those that originally 
donated the privilege of recalling their sac- 
rifice, or letting it go into the Southern Illi- 
nois Mission Fund, I make one more appeal. 
If you let it go into the Mission Fund, it will 
only be a false stimulus, doing good for a 
uhorfc time, and at the same time be a detri- 
ment, because individual members and 
churches will become slack as to their duty. 
This all must admit The only true work 
can be done by individual e£fort throughout 
the whole body. 

Again, it was given as a sacrifice on the 
altar of God for a certain purpose. Will 
you admit that we have failed while others 
make a success ail around us? The infant 
has to be a youth before he is a man, and 
undergo much self denial before reaching full, 
Christian stature. Therefore, will you use 
this money for your own personal benefit? I 
trust not. It is not yours for that purpose, 
but to all original intents to say how it shall 
be used for the orphans of Southern Illinois. 

Now I appeal to the dear old brethren. 
Arise, "shake yourselves once again." Do 
not let the work fail of its purpose. Do not 
let the dear object of your heart die beyond 
resurrection, but try once again, and we will 
help you. Do you say it is impossible? — 
Then is Christianity impossible. Then the 
voices that come as from beyond the grave, 
in the deep tones of bard and prophet, and 
the soul'fl whisper that seems to come from 
God, telling of future triumphs and unreal- 
ized glories, are but from lying lips and a 
deceitful tongue. Then are all the great re- 
sults of our Christian religion, the mighty 
hopes of the future, the far-reaching ener- 
gies of the present, and all the fruits for 
which man toils, not for himself, but for his 
posterity, but apples of Sodom, fair to the 
view, but dust and ashes to the taste. 

No, brethren, there is a better faith, a no- 
bler hope. With God nothing is impossible. 
Others make the work a success, shall we say 
we failed? No; heaven answers, No; and I 
beer such old v^ewiw-j»j^ brethren Giah, 


Jan. 11, 1887. 



Mefzger and other?, intlieir beEevoIent souls, 
resound along the line as loud as their wan- 
ing strength will allow, No. What, thea, 
shall we do? 

As my article is getting lengthy, I vvill on- 
ly say, Let those that donated, claim the 
money. Appoint a Committee to hold same 
and receive more, put on ioteresf, and yearly 
apply said interest to aid weak charcbes in 
caring for their orphans, and, as money 
would accrue, reach oat further, to report 
yearly at D. M , etc. I would like to corre- 
spond with original donors, or see aiticlea 
from our old brethren. What say you, Bro. 
Gish? This is prayerfully submitted for 
consideration. Act at once; the homo is sold. 
'•And what thoudoesi-, do qaickly," or rather, 
"What he says unto you, do it." 

Cyrus BucaEB. 

Astoria, 111. 

Troubliiiii- theKditor. 

The office editor of the Gospel Messsk- 
GER is B human being. Ha hag ears that 
hear; eyes that see; a heart that feels and 
lovesi. He can be annoyed; he has been often 
perplexed. He can weep, and does weep. 
He is susceptible of gentleness, therefore is 
gentle. He admirfs the Truth, therefore pub- 
lifches it. Ho is not hzy, therefore is a hard 
worker. He bns like passiona with other 
men; errors come from bin?, too, like from 
other human beiugs, but the la'^' of Jesus is 
hia remedy, as it is ours. That which can not 
be shorn with positive law, is put under the 
heavenly canopy of forbearance. He loves 
forbearance, toe. 

Dj you knov that ec >re9 of human weak- 
nesses were sbo'vered upon him daring the 
past year? Are you nwnre th.%t church 
troubles, the wailiogs of diso^'sed members, 
the short- coisiags of bishops, the errors of 
deacone, the backsiidinga and v?eakaegsea of 
ministers, the crosses and troubles of members 
go up to the editor? And perhaps they 
should have been sect to Jesus; but wiiether 
they should have gone up to heaven, or been 
put in the sea of forgetfulnese, one thing is 
certain, multitudes of them go up to the offiee 
editor. Nor is this all. There were the 
hard word^ because he could not publish 
your article, or baaaase he had to trim it to 
fit the niohe in the Messenger, and the bitter 
letters, because he vFonld not advocate yovir 
pet measure. 

Djjou remember the naughty vvofdd — 
th^ fnischief- making; wordd uttered againssc 
hiij good name? Ah! think of hia heart- 
buruing?, his hours of sadnpss, hi3 sorrows, 
his weary ioad aloog the highway of holi- 
cess. And why should any one seek to 
make hia psithway so bard? Why worry 
him with the violation of pure principles, 
and po perplex him in his arduous labors? 
1 am aware that those v^ho stand off and 
look into Bro. Miller's room and see him 
busy at work on the Messenger, can read 
very few of hia trials; bat those of us who 
have traveled along thit way, know how 
much he has to endure They know its 
pungs, its bitterness, its severities. Wehave 
felt, when under the pressure of those annoy- 

ances, aa if ac vf 8 ol Samson's foxes with 
fire-brands between their tails, had bsoa let 
loose upon our labors. 

Possibly our brother's modesty would rule 
this article out; but I shall endeavor to get 
it in unawares to him, if I have to push it in- 
to the compositor's "stick." I want ibis 
to do some good, and the place to make it 
work is in the Gospel Messencjer. I want 
1887 to be more joyful to cur brother. I 
want that we shall all help him. If he errs 
he can be righted without beating him with 
a flail, or smiting him with a reed. Let us 
pray for him; give him our tender sympa- 
thies, our encouragement. We all need more 
divine compassion, more of the epirit of 
Jesus. Will we strive to secure it? 

Oar brother is not murmuring; he is 
often cast down, but not destroyed. Patient- 
ly he endures hardness as a good soldier, 
but we can all help him by love and good 
behavior. Let ua see how little we can 
trouble him this year. M. M. Eshelman. 

From Franklin Grove, l!i. 

According to previous notice, Bro. J. G. 
R lyer came on Dec. 24:th; commenced preach- 
i;5g day and evening and left us yesterday, 
Jan. 2, for his home and school work. The 
first instruction to ua was. Go, work in the 
vineyard of the Lord, and certainly he did 
his part in presenting to us the go.«3pel from 
both New and Old Testament Scriptures, so 
that saints were made to rejoice, and sinners 
to tremble. Two were received by baptism; 
one that had strayed from the fold came beck. 
One more desired to go with the children 
of God, and will be received, and othert* are 
iaspresspd with the necessity of a better 
life. We believe and trust, the church has, 
from iris manner of presenting the Seript- 
ure?, taken, se it were, new life, or incentive 
t") more faithfulness. So may it be by the 
grace of God. We trust all shall remember 
Bro. E oyer's labor of love. Come again, 
brother, and do us good; you shall always be 

We expect Bro. Vaniman to be with ua soon. 

Jos. C. Lahman. 

Me.ssagefs J)rr.i)ped by th« Waj'. 

Having opened '^ Rr-rie^ of meetings here 
ia Diviess Go , in eace of the Northern Mie- 
souri Home Mission, I purpose to continue 
during the Holidays; .nnd beicg, most of the 
iime, the only member present, the read- 
er m'ly imagine my feelings at times. I have 
the use of the Baptist church house, and 
the members of that church expect their 
preacher to arrive, to begin a protracted 
meeting about when I close. 

It was whispered when I came, that they 
would let me shake the tree till their m-^u 
could come to gather up the fruit. Brethren, 
what does this suggest to us, who use the 
means that are entrusted to us by God'e 
cheerful givers to carry the gospel messfig- 
es to the benighted, deluded victims of the 
perverters of the right way of the Lord? 
Shall we spend those means to turn water 
only on that part of the wheel that runs their 

works? Shall the leiflets, and tracts, and 
bockg, sent out by oar Book arid Tract Work, 
be such matter aa can be heard from any 
pulpit in the land, though it be even, so far 
as it g033, in tenor with the gospel, or should 
the aid to preaching and literature, so donat- 
ed, he invested ia doing for Christ and his 
cause, that which the popular Christian pro- 
fessor carefully fails to do ? V\^by shake the tree 
which yields nothing to the peculiar, chosen 
elect, but sow broftdcast, and profusely to 
those who gather it with greed, as merchan- 

It is notersough for our willing givers, to 
know that their Eolicitors are willing, and 
anxious that their benevolence be so guard- 
ed against such unintended usee and waste, 
bat many are wailing to see that the present 
experiment of othere, more carelessly made, 
turn out ia its results favorable to their ia- 
tentiona. I would suggest to those desirous, 
fearful givers, that viewing the character of 
our present missionary number of the Gos- 
pel Messenger, and the majority of our tracts 
issued, as well as the warning voice of Bro. 
I. J. Rogenberger and others, against the 
spirit of compromising with the world on 
principles of the gospel, that you now "let 
loose" on the purse-s! rings of missionary 
means hitherto v.'ithheld for fear of injadi- 
ciau3 application. 

Once more bid the heralds of salvation go; 
and the white-winged messenger of redemp- 
tion fly, — the banner of victory float. Oar 
aged sister Sasan Doll, who U the nucleus of 
this saission post, by this message greets all 
of her acqanintances, and others who may 
chanoe to read this, wishing them a happy 
New Year, with a request for their prayers 
for her in erflictions from her gout, and 
which grows on her as old age advances; and 
also as dwelling in solitude, save the fellow- 
ship ot the word and spirit of God. 

C. C. Root. 

From Slate Creek Cliurtl), Kan. 

We had an interesting meeting on Christ- 
mas Dtw. The sabject of the discourse was 
"The Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, As- 
cension and Second Coming of our Savior," 
and the sermon was delivered by Eld. John 
Wise. There is meeting every Sunday at 
onr meeting-house, end twice a month in the 
evening. On the other Sunday evenings we 
have preechiug in the country school-houses. 
Traly we are blessed with church privileges 
in this part of God's heritage. We have had 
t*-o small enow- falls, and a few cold days. 

I wish to say to our Eastern people, wish- 
ing to emigrate to the West, Now ia the ac- 
cepted time. Times are a little dull, and 
Irtiid is now cheaper than it is likely to be 
for yenrs to come. This is a dry winter, and 
we have delightful roada. 

Samuel Erantz. 

Conway Springs, Kan. 

God wiil stand by his laws. It is no use 
to violate God's laws and run. Sin brings 
guilt, and God will find the guilty man 
though he flee to the ends of the world. 



Jfiu. 11, 1887. 

From L'pper Fall Creek Clmroli, Tiul. 

We held our quarterly couccil on Cbrist- 
mas day ; bad a pleasant waiting before the 
Lord. After other business vrss dispatched, 
the ministers cf the congregation called for 
help. The church agreed unanimously to 
give them help, and brethren Henry L. 
Fadely and D. W. Gustin were chosen to the 
ministry. They are both young, and may 
the Lord er.i>ble ihem to be strong workers 
in bio csuse, bold in declaring and defend- 
ing the gracious word which alone is nble to 
save. D F. Hoover. 

Book and Tract Work. 

"We have cidered cne thousand copies of 
the miseionnry number of Der Brncderhoie, 
a German monthly published in the interests 
of the church. We invite all our German 
brethren and sisters, and others interested, 
to send for ir, and distribute it among their 
German friends. We also b.^,ve a German 
tract, written by Eid. Paul Welz?], for which 
send one cent per copy for as many as you 
wish, and we will forvvard by rtiail. To 
agents of the Work these tracts come free. 
For the Bruederboie, address J. M. Snyder, 
Grundy Centi^r, Iowa; for tracts, address us 
at Dayton, Ohio. S. Bock, Sec. 

to enjoy the presence of God's spirit, bearing 
witness with miae thati am a child of God, 
yet that same spirit is continually striving to 
lead me into all truth, and convicting me of 
neglect of duty in not attending to all the 
ordinances of the Lord's house. I love the 
doctrines of the L^nited Brethren church, cf 
which I am a member, so far as they go, and 
have no reflections to cast, but in this she 
surely comes short. The prevailing opinion 
of other denoiiiiaations is that the Brethren 
church depends on the ordinances altogether, 
but, by reading the Messenger, they will 
learn that, while this may be the case with 
individuals, such is not the doctrine of the 
chnrc'u, and that, as God's children they en- 
fo;ce obedience to the plain commands of the 

In commsadRtion 1 would say. As Aquila 
and Priscilla expounded unto Apollos the 
way of God more perfectly, ao has the Gos- 
pel Messenger unto me. I do not see how 
it is possible for any one to read it without 
having purer motives, a nobler purpoae and 
higher ambitions. May God bless the Mes- 
senger in advancing his kingdom on earth, 
and in the salvation of souls! 

J. W. Kincaid 

From the 3Ia!ior Cluircli, Md. 

We have just closed a delightful series of 
meetings, condccted by Bro. W. A. Gaunt, of 
Frederick City, Md., who met with us on the 
evening of Dec. 4. OA-icg to the inclement 
weathi^r and the condition of the roads, the 
meetings were not so well attended, but they 
were very interesting, and we were greatly 
encouraged. The Word was preached with 
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mild and pointed msnuer which is charac- 
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cf Chriot. He did not shun to declare "all 

the words of this lift 

Daring the meeting 

one sister expressed her desire to unite with 
the church, and was received by baptism in- 
to "that new and living way," where, we 
trust, she may prove & light to the world, an 
earnest worker in the cause she has under- 
taken. May the Lord bless the work of our 
brother, that the seed sown may yet bring 
forth much fruit! D. V. Long. 

From Liberty, Montgomery Co , O. 

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it the best paper I have ever read. Likt3 too 
many others, my mind in past years has 
been full of prejudice, but I thank God that, 
by his grace, I have been enabled to banish 
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I have been a Christian for fourteen years, 
and while I have been unworthily permitted 

to declare the whole truth. There were 
twenty- six eouls that desired to be numbered 
with the children of God. One was reclaim- 
ed. Sixteen were baptized during the meet- 
ing. The brethren and sisters have been 
much encouraged, and they all seem to de- 
sire to work with renewed vigor in the Mas- 
ter's vineyard. Most of the accessions were 
young people, and fathers and raothere, as 
well as God's children, rejoiced to see them 
coming into the frld, A peculiarity of this 
meeting was that so r^iany persons thought 
that Bro. C was preaching directly to them. 
A meeting was begun at May Hill, Dec. 19, 
which will continue until Jan. 7, 1887, if 
Providence pernaits. At that time a meet- 
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These meetings are carried on by home tal- 
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"Comfort one another with these words." 

A. P. Keed. 

From the Bear Creek Clmrcb, Ind. 

Our quarterly council, on Nov. 13, paseed 
off pleasantly, with little exception, but the 
best of all was, one soldier of the cross, who 
had taken his stand with the Old Order 
Brethren, came forth and made open confes- 
sion that he did not intend to do wroag, but as 
he did wrong he wished to come back, which 
wa3 granted. He said that he had thrown 
off a heavy load. On account of sickness, 
hie companion was not present, but &he was 
met at her own house and made the same 
confession, and was received on the 15th. — 
On Dec. 6, Bro. S. Neher came among us, 
and held forth the word with power. On 
the 11th, two more from the Old Order ele- 
ment came and a:ade like confession. Two 
members who had gone in forbidden paths 
made confession and asked forgiveness, and 
were received. After two more sermons on 
the 13th, we repaired to the water- side, where 
prayer was wont to be made, and five were 
icamersed, to walk in newness of life. Just 
before baptiam two old people wished to 
unite when it is not so cold. Great interest 
and good order wasmanifeeted at these meet- 
icgs. These Dieetings were held in the Ryan 
school-house, in the north-eastern part of 
Bear Greek district, in Adams and Jay coun- 
ties, Ind. Samuel Fink. 

From Elmvllle, Ohio. 

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meetings at the old Brush Creek church, on 
Sunday, Dae. 5. He labored almost con- 
stantly for sixteen days, preaching in all 
twenty-three eermonB. We held two prayer- 
meetings, which the members seemed to en- 
joy better than the preaching. Bro. Calvert 
visited about all the members, as well as some 
outsiders, and did a grtat deal of good in 
private conversation. Bro. C. does not shun 

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RUMMEL— ZIMMERMAN.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, inQaemahoningchurch, Somerfet Co., 
Pa., Dec. 9, 'oy the undersigned, Bro. John W. Kum- 
mel and sister Sadie B. Zimmerman. 

E. J. Blough. 

the residence of the bride's 
congregation, Dec. 15, Mr. 
and Mifs 

parents, in the Abilene 
Joseph L. Peck, of Chico, (Saline Co., Kan. 
Mary E. Millham, of Dickinson Co , Kan. 

D. J. Shaffeb. 

CAYLOR— ENGEL -Dec. 2-3, by E!d. E. W. Stoner, 
Harvey F., son of E!d. Amos (Javlor, and sister Mary 
Alice Engel, of Union Bridge, Carrcli Co., Md. 

SNADER— ENGLER.-Dec. 28, by Eld. E. W. Stoner, 
Bro. Edwin E. Snader, of Waynesboro, FrankHn Co., 
Pa., and sister Ida Esther Engler, of Sam's Creek, 
Carroll Co., Md. 

COOK— KENNEDY.-At (iie residence of Bro. S. I. 
Newcomer, Dec. 23, by (he uudersigned. William M. 
Cook and Sarah Alice K(Guedy, both la!e of Franklin 
Co., Pa. S. J. Habhlson. 


'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' 

BOYD.— In the Rock Run church, Elkhart Co, Ind., 
Dec. 2, Bro. Thomas Boyd, aged 73 years. Services 
by Bro. John V. Felthousc. 

BALDWIN.— In the same church, Dec. 7, friend John 
Baldwin, aged 53 years, 6 months and 19 days. Ser- 
vices by brethren f. J. Beikey and .John V. Felthouse, 
from the words, "Set thine house in order, for thou 
shalt die, and not live. S. Burkktt. 

MYERS. — In the Mahoning church, Mahoning Co , 0., 
Nov. 27, sister Sarah Myeis, aged 83 years and 10 
months. She leaves 4 children and 29 grandchildren 
to mourn htr departure. She lived an exemplary 
life. J. H. Kurtz. 

Jan. 11, 1887. 



FRANTZ.— In the Manchester church, Wabash Co., 

Ind , Dec. 18, sister Catharine Franlz, aged 87 year?, 

„ 10 months and 16 days. She was a member of the 

church for about G8 years. Services by Bro. R. H. 

Miller, to a large CDngregatioo. 


BRENNEV[AN.~In the Cedar County church, near Be- 
loit, Barton Co , Mo., Sept. 5, of inflammation of the 
bowels, Bro. Martin L). Brennemau, aged 23 years, 5 
months and 14 days. 

He was on his way (o Arkansas when he died. His 
remains were brought to Kingston, Caldwell Co., Mo., 
on the 15th, and were buried. Services by the writer 
and Eid. C. C. Root, from 1 Sam. 20: 3, to a sympathiz- 
ing congregation. Martin leaves a wife and one child 
to mourn their loss, which is bis great gain. 

Zacchkus Hknetcks. 

KUNKLE.— AtEphrata, Pa., Dec. 12, of a paralytic 
stroke, sister Hanna Kunkle. She had fVequent at- 
tacks of paralysis during (he last years, and for about 
one year could not speak plain. She was confined to 
her bpd four weeks before she died, duiing which time 
she suffc-red much pain. Her wish was to go home to 
heaven. She was kind to the poor, and gave a great 
many alms, without solicitation. Services by Eld. 
Samuel Harber, Winger, and .i B. Keller, from Phil. 
1: 21. 

GROESBECK.— Tn Grand River church. Union Co , la., 
Dec 16, of erysipelas and conbumptioc, sister Susie, 
diughter of Bro. Henry and sister Mary Groesbeck, 
aged 29 years, .'3 months and 32 days. She was of a 
gentle .spirit, and died in bright anticipation of eter- 
nal life. A sister, broiher, parents and many relatives 
are left to mourn their los-s. M. Mtehs. 

CARTER.— At Elliott, Ford Co, III., Dec. 20. sister 
Annie, wife of C A. Carter, aged 31 year8,.4 months 
and 1 day. She was young in the service of her Mas- 
ter, but she was an exemplary Christian. Services by 
the writer, from 1 Cor. 15: 26 .Tohn Bai!Nhart. 

BRANT.— In Middle Creek, Somerset Co , Pa , Oct 12, 
sister Eliza Bi ant, nged 39 years, 8 months and 7 
days. She was anointed seven days before her death. 
Services in the Lutheran church, from Rev. 13: 14. 

LONG.— In the Hopewell church. Pa., Dec. 13, William 
H., son of 15ro John and sister Catharine Long, aged 
2 years, 7 mouths and 7 days. Services by S. A. 
Moore, from Matt. 19: 15 

GORDEN. — In the same church, sister Jane Gorden, 
daughter of old Bro. Samuel Brumbaugh, aged 60 
years, 4 months and 20 days. She was anointed ten 
days before she died. She died in the triumph r>f a 
glorious faith. Services by H. Clapper and S. A. 
Moore J. H. Cr,AprsR. 

RODECAP.— Sept. 30, Martin Rodecap, aged 75 years. 
He was born in Page County, Va ; moved with h s 
parents to Rockingham county, vrhen but fiffeen years 
old. When he wa,s twenty-lour years old he married 
Sjsauna Sanger. They united with the Brethren 
chuich the following year. In IS-IO he was chosen a 
deacon; in 1848 he was chosen to the ministry, and in 
1853 he was forwarded. In 1855 ho moved into the 
bounds of the Upper Fall Creek church, lud , and was 
ordained an elder in 1862. For the last sixteen years 
he made his home in Middletown, until 'death relieved 
him from his work on earth. Eleven children, of a 
ta.mily of fouitetn, the widow, and many relatives and 
fi lends mourn his departure. 

WRIGHT.— Oct. I, si.ster Susan Wright, aged 57 years. 
S'^i vices by brethren Daniel Bowman and Lewis Kin- 
sev, of Hagerstown D. F. Hoover. 

BP]RKEYB1LE.-In Falls City, Nebv., D^c. 24, sister 
Elizabeth, wife of Bro. R. K. Berkeybile, aged 56 
years, 4 months and 4 days Services at the Silver 
Cieek meeting-l'ouse, by the writer, from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 


KUSSKIJj.—Tn the North Beatrice church. Gage Co., 
Nebr , Dec. 4, Bro. George A. Russell, ?ged 80 years. 
He was entirf'ly blind for about thirty years. Services 
from Rev. 14: 13. J. E Brtakt. 

DISHONG.— In tho Richland church, Richland Co., 0., 
Dec. 14, Bro. MoirisDishong, aged 43 years, 5 months 
and 3 days. Services by the writer, from Rev. 14; 13. 

W. A . Murray. 

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Bko. Katherman, of Darke Co., Ohio, has been 
visiting and preaching in Ionia Co., Mich., for sev- 
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Brethren at the Green Tree church, Pa. The 
meetings will continue some eight or ten days. 

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mons on the Sabbath question, in the Fairview 
church, Blair Co., Pa. He reports large meetings 
and a deep interest. 

Bro. L. D. Caldwell, of Lost Piiver church, W. 
Va., says that during the past year he attended 
__twenty-one funerals, and that they had fifteen ad- 
ditions to the church. 

Bro. Calvert is conducting a series of 
meetings at ISTew Enterprise, Pa. He is expected 
to hold meetings in the Hopewell and Clover 
Creek congregations. 

Bro. James A. Skll is expected to hold a series 
»i meetings ut ivianor liii,., Inis county, in me near 
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spices of the Middle Pennsylvania Mission Board. 

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ago bought a lot of Hymnals for the purpose of or- 
ganizing a class in singing. He now reports an 
attendance of as high as 200, and a good interest. 
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We are informed that the house of Eld. Solomon 
Seiber, of Thorapsontown, Pa , was burned down 
last week. It is certainly quite a loss to be burned 
out of house and home, especially during the cold 
winter weather, but we hope his people will come 
to his rescue, and see that his loss shall be as little 
as possible. 

Bro. D. C. Moomaw reports fine winter weather, 
but says their religious thermometer is unpleas- 
antly low, ranging from temperate down towards 
zero, much of the time in dangerous proximity to 
the latter. Only one series of meetings in the 
Eirst District so far, this winter, and this one in 
the Botetourt congregation, conducted by D. F. 
Stouffer. In concluding his note he asks: "Did the 
cold wave reach the dead Orphans' Home in Indi- 
ana?" We do not know what kind of a wave reach- 
ed it, or what was the cause of its demise. If it 
was for the lack of poor and orphan children, we 
congratulate them in their very fortunate condi- 
tion, and would advise them to hold the proceeds 
of it— the Home— whatever they may be, for the 
use of the Old Folks' Home, when we once get it 
established. The want of such a home seems to 
be growing each year, and we feel sure that the 
church can do no better thing than to unite in an 
institution of this kind at as early a date as pos- 
sible. We are in receipt of many inquiries in re- 
gard to its location, etc., as well as letters express- 
ing a willingness to donate money for its erection. 
We hope to be able, before long, to report a move 
set on foot, and ready for the use of the charities 
of those who are interested in the welfare of our 
aged ones. 

The Brethren of the Spring llun church intend 
to hold a series of meetings, commencing on the 
29th inst. Bro. Quinter is expected to be with 

On JSTew Year's Day we enjoyed a very pleasant 
meeting at the old homestead. It was a meeting 
of our father's family, all being present except one 
grandchild. Father is in his-7Sth year, and in the 
enjoyment of excellent health, both of body and 
mind. These are meetings that are not only en- 
joyed at the time, but remembered with great 
pleasure. The family consisted of six boys, now 
doubled, in number, making twelve, and were 
mother still with us, the family would be unbrok- 
en. We have much to be thankful for, and hope 

the blessings conferred have not been unappreci- 


If there is anything that God looks down upon 
with special admiration, we believe it is the com- 
plete man, or one who is as nearly complete as it 
is possible to be, while surrounded by and subject 
to the weaknesses of the flesh. When we say, "a 
man," we do not mean one who touches the beam 
at 170 pounds avoirdupois, or one who presents a 
faultless physique. These are not necessarily the 
component parts of the t':ue man. The ^ru'^ man 
is the man that dares to do right, Independent of 
what others may think about it. We have plenty 
who will do right when the vrorld and public opin- 
ion smile on that right, but there are few who will 
bravely face the current of opposition, and light it 
out on the line of right. We especially need men 
in these days of religious looseness, wheji every 
one has a new theology, and must switch off as 
soon as it is opposed. Such men feel that they are 
not only brave, but so wise that many of their fel- 
lows are mere pygmies in their sight. Of course, 
such men must get out of the rut and pull every- 
body with them, or take a side track, only to learn 
that they must stand there while the others pass 
on, on the main line. To make good time and 
have a pleasant journey, it is best to stick to the 
trunk line. If straightening and improvements 
are necessary, let those who have the Avisdom and 
engineering skill combine their forces for the gen- 
eral good of all, instead of switching off to make 
new ways. Of course, if the main line is badly lo- 
cated, and hopelessly crooked, it may be all right 
to form a new line. But such an enterprise re- 
quires men of more than ordinary ability and 
means, and spiritual Goulds and Vanderbilts are 
not numerous enough to make it safe. Indeed, we 
do not believe that there exists any such need at 
this time. 

The fly-off theory, because we cannot have our 
own way in all things, is both wrong and danger- 
ous, and if those of -our brethren who feel that 
they have not suflicient elbow-room where they 
are, would consider a little, they would not fail to 
see it. If they possess the wisdom that they think 
they have, there is no place it is so much needed 
as in the church, and we believe that if it is exer- 
cised judiciously, its power will be felt for good. 
If it is only self- conceited wisdom, its power will 
be less effective for good when exercised alone 
than If combined with that which, to them, may 
seem less than their own. To-day the church 
would be a greater power for good in the Mor'd, 
had it not been for the off-switching. In this tlie 
switch is burdened with dead weights that the 
main line could have carried through with profit- 

to the weights, we mean. The church may have 
its weak points and its crookedness, and for this 
very reason, it needs the good and the wise in its 
ranks. Wisdom, like ignorance, can be developed, 
or increased, and time and patience will do the 
work if all will stick together, and let the light we 
have fully shine; let our influence, whatever it is, 
be felt. To do this we must be men of the truest 
stamp and of a genuine ring. Self must be laid 
aside with a determination to work for the good 
of others. 

Loyalty to the cliurch is a great need of the 
times. We have too many weathercocks, always 
swinging with the wind. Xo church can prosper 
with such a membership, and no man can be a man 
without an established purpose. "This one thin.(? 
I do," is a grand element to success. We need men 
of fixed principles, and with enough religious force 
in them to carry them out. Earnestness of pur- 
pose is always admired, and others will take to 
such men because they have something that they 
can catch to and hold fast. When in dangerous 
places we want a solid foothold, or a \reli-planted 
post, something upon which we can risk our lives. 
So it is with those who see the dangers of sin, and 
desire to flee for safety. They naturally desire 
to go to such as feel safe themselves, and estab- 
lished on the sure foundation- not to those who 
don't k;:ov;', who are .irlftiL^ tht-iJicl'. oo, uwJ .(i\; 
not certain where the rock of refuge is. 

But, says one, ignorance and selfishness prevail, 
and the better informed and more aggressive are 
kept in the background. If such is the case, it is 
because the better informed and more aggressive 
have lost their power by switching to a side, in- 
stead of putting their shoulder to the v.'heel. It is 
said that knowledge is power, but power is of no 
use unless it is attached to the load. It is only 
made manifest in connection with a load. Here 
is where those who possess this power are making 
the great mistake. Because in our individual ca- 
pacity we cannot move the whole church in the 
direction we think it should g©, we back out, and 
run ofi! without a load. Of course, men can run in 
this way, but it don't amount to anything. Power 
is intended to move loads, and not its own machin- 
ery alone. When long and heavy trains cannot 
be moved with one engine, another is attached, 
and another, until the power becomes greater than 
the load. This is what the church needs,— com- 
bined power. The wisdom and strength of the 
church needs to be concentrated, united. This 
cannot be done by backing out on sidings, but by 
boldly entering the contest and taking hold where 
the most power is needed. AVe must not forget 
that God is always on the side of the right, and 
that a right course, boldly pursued, will end in suc- 
cess. It may move slowly, but great things, ot 
necessity, must do this, as it would be dangerous 
to do otherwise. It is the long and steady pull that 
moves safely the great loads. 

This power must be applied in wisdom and witli 
discretion, by being loyal to the church and her 
principles,— by being steadfast and as immovable 
as the rock of our salvation, and always standing 
up boldly for the cause and the profession we have 
made,— in short, by being a man. The strong oxen 
are found in the best grass, water seeks its level, 
and true wisdom will find her place, so that there 
is no excuse for turning aside or laying the armor 
down. The more ignorance and weakness we 
have, the greater is the need for wisdom and pow- 
er, and the greater are the possibilities for success 



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Jm. 18,1887. 


Btndy to show thyself approyed onto Wod, a workman that 

ceedeth not be ashamed, rightlj diTiding the 

Word of Irnf h. 



-A. mother in Israel is gone, 

AVbo.-e memory is cherished and dear, 
A light is extinct in that home 

Tnat long shone so brilliant and clear. 

Devoted, like Mary of old, 
At the feet of her Master she heard 

Hif words, f;ir more precious than gold, 
.\nd was known as a child of the Lord. 

From the grave let us view her bright years; 

Her miud so perceptive and clear; 
Her alternate smiles and her tears — 

The mark of her mortal career. 

Her fondness the Bible to search, 
And hoard up its truths in her mind; 

Ht'r occupied seat in the church 
Are waymarks that she left behind. 

The grave and the funeral scene 

Oar mental vision surveyed; 
We peer h'ke in vision or dream, 

At tne place where our sister is laid. 

We bade her a fiaal farewell 

A fortnight or more in the past; 
But no one was then able to tell 

That this parting scene was the last. 

Peace be to her mouldering clay 

In the grave where she long wished to rest. 
Till the joy of the rising day— 
The crowning day of the blest. 

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This is a subject that has been little spok- 
en of, and one that is very important, and 
sadly neglected by a great many who pro- 
fees Christianity. Many who eeem to be 
devoted in the sanctuary, who even take 
part in public exercises, who are liberal in 
spirit, and fall of zeal and enterprise with 
regard to church measures, and conduct all 
their affiirs at home according to the max- 
ims and customs of the world, make 
religion a prominent feature on Sunday. 
Such conduct as this shows that true piety 
is lacking. We cannot think that it was the 
conduct of our Savior, and to psittern after 
him, we mu3t take hioa for our exaoaple, and 
do as he did, as near as we can. 

We have an account of his life and con- 
duct, which tells ua that he was an unchange- 
able being, "He whs the same yesterday, to- 
day and forever." This shows hia religion 
was not like the atmosphere, which varies 
from one temperature to another. 

There are a great many, who call them- 
selves Christians, whose liv^a at home are not 
such r,s they should be. Here they are not 
guarded as they are abroad. Eight here 
many are deceived, and here hypocrisy has 
been imbedded and f^xists. They allow 
themselves to become so engrossed with the 
effdirs of this life, that the world gets such 
a strong bold on their hearts, that religious 
studies are forgotten, and the means of grace 
are neglected, and the calmness and serenity 
of a godly life gives place to anxiety, and 

care, and worry. Instead of using the 
world as they should, they abuse it. They 
lose all comfort and enjoyment of religion, 
and exhibit to their families a spirit and con- 
duct, incompatible with Christianity, 

Nowhere do we need religion more strong- 
ly, than at our homes, to fortify us, and arm 
us, while we are engaged in our secular pur- 
suits. We must not think home is a seclud- 
ed place, a safe retreat from the world, and that 
we must go abroad before we can encounter 
danger. If we have not the power to over- 
come the adversary of our souls at home, we 
cannot elsewhere. When religion is neglect- 
ed at home, its duties cannot be acceptably 
and efficiently discharged abroad. Nothing 
will so surly impair, or destroy the useful- 
ness of a Christian. It must be made a mat- 
ter of principle, p.nd every-day life. 

We must not abuse the world; it is mis- 
used whenever its affdirs are allowed to in- 
terfere with the interest of our souls. If we 
make religion prominent in our homes, we 
must h<^re give prominence to its duties and 
exercises. Wo must subordinate things tem- 
poral, to things spiritual. Family worship 
is indispensable to family religion. We do 
not hesitate to say for one moment, where 
this is neglected, the spirit of worldliness is 
greatly in the ascendency; it is impossible 
for the holy atmosphere to pervade the 
family circle, when its members do not 
assemble regularly for worship, to hear 
the Scriptures read, to humbly bow 
in prayer, to praise and thank God for his 
many blessings to ua, to forgive our past 
sins, and help us daily to strive to keep near 
the cross, and unite in singing some spiritu- 
al songs in praise to his great name. 

We are commanded to praise the Lord, 
and to spend a few moments in conversing 
on some religions topic, exhorting and try- 
ing to build each other up, and reminding 
us of our vow we made when we forsook sin 
to follow in the footsteps of our blessed 
Mister, exhorting each other to a sense of 
our duty, that we may be guarded against 
the temptations and snares that await us, 
le&t we be watchful "Ba ye also ready leet 
the bridegroom come, and fiod us not ready 
to go in with him to that great supper." 
"What, I say unto one, I say unto all, Watch." 
Chri-itian p'lrents, how many of us neglect 
this one important duty? We have been in 
families, who claim tj be Christians, but 
omit this duty, and even miniatering breth- 
ren, who are raising large families of chil- 
dren, instead of laying an example for their 
flock, of which they are the leader, even they 
neglect it. How can they expect their church 
to prosper? Oatdders often are the first to 
take notice of our conduct. They are clo.43 
observers, and will soon say, our light at 
home is not such as abroad. At home is the 
place to practice, and try and improve our- 
selves and then we are not likely to betray 
ourselves, or deceive others. 

There are some, who wait for their cbii- 
dren and company to retire before worship. 
Why is this? Are you afraid they will re- 
buke you for telling them their duty, or teach- 
ing them the word of God, or what is the rea- 

son ? God says parents should bring up theii 
children in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord. In what better way can you teach 
them the love and fear of the Lord, than 
this, to sow the seed in their young hearts, 
and impress their mind with good and profita- 
ble literature? It will ever be retained 
in their young minds, giving them good 
advice, and they will never forget it. 

Has it ever occurred to you, that by living 
in the neglect of home religion, you are 
living in daily neglect of the spiritual wel- 
fare of your children? "Train them in the 
way they ohouid go, and they will never de- 
part from thee." If they should grow up 
in wickedness, and are lost, whom can yon 
blame? No one but your yourself. 

Just as the twig is bent, the tree is 
inclined, and, in order to straighten it, we 
must take it while it is young and tender, or 
it will be impossible to remedy it when it 
gets old. 

Prayer ia the feast of the soul. How nice 
it is to gather around the family altar, to 
mingle our voices in sicgieg praise to God, 
and talk of his love, and commune with him, 
who ia our best friend! If we could engage 
in this when we meet together, instead of sc 
much idle and foolish talk, we would be far 
better prepared for spiritual duties, and 
would not find so much time to speak evil of 
others, and that which does not become the 
child of God. Let your light shine at home 
as well aa abroad. 

There are often Sundays when the weath- 
er will not ado^it of parents fp.king ^h^.^v 
child con to preaoaiag or Sunday-school. 
Why not Cili them ail together and have a 
little Sanday-scboal? You would derive 
much benefit and profit thereby. And. even 
we, who are older, would be far better, if we 
would go together and read the word of God, 
and uuite in singing spiritual socgs. Our 
time would be spent in a better way than 
to meet together end let our conversation of 
worldly afi'iirs get such a strong hold on our 
minds, that we lose a taste for spiritual 
ihiagg. L^y up treasures in heaven, and 
not on the earth, where moth and rust doth 
corrupt, and thieves break through and steal. 

To live a Christian life at home, will make 
us happier abroad, and make religion 
much sweeter, and our eig'oymects much 
greater. There ia beauty all around when 
there is love at home. There is no place 
like home, but we enjoy the greatest pleasure 
when we have religion at home. It makes 
home pleasant, and wiil prepare us f<^r t\ 
better home over yonder. Our home here ia 
earthly, and we will eij >y its pleasures for 
n while; our stay here is trant^ient, but if'^ 
we are prepared to obtain that home, our 
stay there will be eternally; our time will 
never end, and we can meet with our loved 
onea to part no more. 

"Over the river tim? never grows old, 
There are enjoyments and pleasures untold." 

May we be prepared to gain that home! 
Cartersville, Va 

CHRiSTiANg 8?rve a good Master and ar© 
sure of their pay. 

Jan. 18, 1887. 





David says, in 33rd Paalm, "Rejoice in the 
Lord, O ye righteous : for praise is comely 
for the upright." He tells us plainly there 
what kind of people have a right to praise 
and rejoice. One who is upright will never 
stoop to mean actions of any kind. One who 
is righteous will not only act right, but his 
words and thoughts will ever be pure, true 
and good. King David's writings embrace 
a great variety of subjects, but prominent 
among all is the sub j act of praise. He says, 
in Prialms 55: 17, "Evening, moraiog and 
at noon will I pray," but in Pa. 119: 164, 
"Seven times a day do I praise thee." 
I wonder what he would think of Christians, 
who in these days do not find time to bow 
around the family altar even once a day in 
prayer and thanksgiving! Yea! I wonder 
more what God, our Maker, thinks of such? 

Are there any living, who are so blind, so 
dumb, as to fiad nothing to call out praise 
from them! Have you loving friends— have 
you near and dear ones with a peaceful home? 
Praise God for it! Have you eyes with 
which to behold the beauties this earth affords 
— the light of the sun, the moon, and the 
glorious, starry firmamert? Praise him for 
that. Have you health sufficient to enjoy 
some of the beauties of the earth? Then 
partake with thankful hearts. Have you the 
privilege of Christian fellowship? No bond 
of love so strong and sweet aa Christian love. 

Do we see one whose action?, words, and 
whole life bear record, that he loves and 
labors for the dear Savior, whom we adore 
and in whom we abide? How our hearts 
burn within us ! How sweet such fellowship ! 
Above all these things, and many more we 
might mention, praise God for a Savior pro- 
vided, and a way made clear whereby we 
may be partakers of hia righteousness, and 
are enabled to come boldly to a throae of 
grace, and fiud help in every time of need. 

Even the most isolated ones can rejoice in 
this fellowship— because, "Though sunder- 
ed far by faith, we meet around one common 
mercy seat." 

Praise is naturally the language of grati- 
tude. Cicero calls gratitude the mother of 
virtues. He says, "No person can be good, 
if ungrateful." Christ tella plainly what he 
thinks of ingratitude, or rather of praise, as 
the langaage of gratitude, iu Luke 19: 40. 
While he was taking the one triumphal 
ride, which had been prophesied of so long 
before — as they drew near to Jerusalem, 
many of the disciples began to cry aloud, 
and shout his praises. No doubt their hearts 
were so warmed with love for their Master, 
and with gratitude, that they had lived to 
behold his face, and receive the benefit of 
his blessed ministry, they were thus con- 
strained to give expression to their feelings 
in words of praise. 

In this procession were some over-right- 
eous Pharisees, whose love of order was very 
much disturbed. And as, I suppose, they 
failed to frown them quiet, they called upon 

Christ to rebuke the noisy ones. He replies: 
"If these should hold their peace, the stones 
would immediately cry out," teaching, that 
those who are born of God cannot hide their 
light under a cloak of formalism, but will 
walk in the light, and show that they love 
God by keeping his commandmenta, one of 
which is, "Praise the Lord!" 
Osborne, Kansas. 



These words were brought very forcibly 
to my mind, by a little circumstance that 
happened next morning after the burial of 
my dear father. One of my eiaters, who re- 
sides in Portland with her husband and family, 
started for home, taking our mother with 
them. Feeliag sad by the loss of father, 
she did not realize her surroundings, but 
acted like one in a dream, and when the 
train came puffing up to the depot, sister 
noticed she made no effort to get on, and said, 
"Mother, come and get on." She did as she 
was told, but did not become conscious un- 
til the conductor asked for her ticket. Slater's 
husband stood ready to hand her ticket and 
all was right. 

This impressed my mind with the thought 
of how many there be, who are traveling 
aloag in this world perfectly unconcerned 
about their future welfare. They are dream- 
ing away the golden moments of time that the 
Lord has ailoted unto them. They are 
spiritually asleep, and when the train of 
death comes along, gathering up its passen- 
gers, they must step onboard, but when Jeaus, 
the Conductor, approaches them, and aeka for 
their ticket, they will then awake, and fully 
realize their unsaved condition. There will 
be no one to step up and furnish them 
with one, for all are required to purchase 
their own ticket. Neither will they be per- 
mitted to offer any excuse for not haviogone, 
but they will be speechless, and it will be 
said, "Bind him hand and foot, and cast him 
into outer darkness; there shall be weepiog 
and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 22: 13. 

We are living in a land of Bibles, and the 
gospel of Christ can be had without money 
or price. None need be ignorant of what is 
their duty to God and their Savior, or what 
is required of them in order to have a ticket, 
that will carry them safely to that land of 
love and peace, where they can occupy that 
glorious mansion Jeaus went to prepare for 
all them that love and obey him. 

Dear reader, is it not worth striving for? 
Surely, you will not let this mansion go un- 
occupied, after the Savior suffered all manner 
of persecution, so you might inherit and en- 
joy it forever. Then awake, thou who art 
spiritually asleep, and do not delay, for pro- 
crastination is the thief of time, but purchase 
your ticket, and be very careful to notice that 
all the stations are plainly stamped upon that 
it, for Jesus, our Conductor, will examine it 
closely, and if it proves satisfactorily he 
will say, Pass on. "Enter into the joys of thy 
Lord." If not, he will say, "Depart from me, 
ye that work iniquity; I never knew you." 

There is danger also, dear brethren and 
siatere, of us becomirg drowsy and lake- 
warm, and the Lord says, "Because thou art 
lukewarm, and neither cold sor hot, I will 
spew thee out of my mouth." Riv. 8: 16. 

M'iy we all awake to a greater and deeper 
work for Jesus, is my prayer. 

Ceylon, Ind , Nov. 30, 1886. 



"In the beginning God created the heaven and the 
earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and 
darkness wai upon the face of the deep. And the spirit 
of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1 : 

How often has the question been asked, 
For what purpose did the Almighty create 
our mother earth and place man thereupon? 

We stand gazing, and look back into the 
heavens at tne time of the great rebellion of 
Beelzebub and ail his hosts. What do we 
see? Ah! terrible, dreadful sight! As the 
poet decribes it, we see the fldg of secession, 
aiid hear the increasing roar of rebellious 
artillery for three days and nights; but God, 
who is almighty, eternal and everlasting, says, 
"My kingdom you ahali not tinvart. My 
home, my throne is one of purity and holi- 
ness. Get ye hence, ye rebels, to your al- 
ioled place." At last Beelzebub and hia 
angles are banished from that abode of ever- 
lastiag enjoyment, to the place of increasing 
torment, and again we say, in the words of 
the poet, when the prince of devila was roll- 
ing in pain and anguish, he consoles him- 
self by remembering, that in heaven God 
was king and he a subject; and that now, he 
himself is king over ail the infernal regions, 
and he says, in proud and haughty tones, 
"Here may we reign secure, 

And in my choice, 

To reign is worth ambition, 

Tiiougb in hell." 

After this great calamity in heaven, God 
had a desigo; he completes it in the 
creation. He says, "Lo, I establish a king- 
dom on earth, and place man therein. I 
surround him with all the beauties that nature 
can command, I create him in my own 
image, I place him in paradise. Will he 
rebel, will he fall into the beggarly elements 
of sin? 

Thus were a happy pair placed in the 
garden of Eden, with everything that could 
add to their enjoyment. They could talk 
and walk with the great Jehovah. They 
could dine with, and enjoy the sweet music 
of the angels, yea, everything was in the 
height of pleasure. But 0! the tempter 
comes; he blinds them and leads them astray, 
and poor, weak man sins. O! to think of the 
once happy pair. Godlike in purity and holi- 
ness, who, in a moment, have sunk into 
despair and degradation ! Driven from the 
beautiful garden, they are left to wander in 
sorrow and affliction. 

Two eons are born unto them, but lo! the 
germ of jealousy springs within the heart of 
one. He wages the deadly war upon his 
brother, and lays him cold and lifeless at 



Jau. 18, 1887. 

his feet. Then, turriiDg to that all-seeing 
eye, he sftvs in tones of iudigcation, "Am I 
my brother's keeper?" Ah! had he reaiizad 
the sense of mercy bestowed xipon him from 
God's own hand, truly could he haye said, 
"What am I, that thou art mindful of me?" 

Thus generation after generation passes 
away. "VThen the world was almost swim- 
ming in sin and iniquity, God repented that 
he had created man, and destroyed the living 
world by a iiood; snd Noah and his house- 
hold, along with a few animals, alone vrere 

After the subsiding of the waters, 
Noah gees forth from the ark, and when 
God makes his covenant and confirms it by 
placiog his bow in tha cloud, Noah must 
have turned with wonder and admiration to- 
ward this baiutlcal S33a3, audsaii, "0 thou 
mighty Jehovah, what am I, that thou art 
mindfjil of me':" 

But we go on, following the generations of 
Noah, until they fill the whole known world. 
But O! how csd to relate, mnn was born in 
sin, and sin wjisfast becoming the conqueror. 
Everythiog was in darkness. The Grecian 
and Roman pbilosophcrn sought the exis- 
tence of a true God by science; they knew 
not our God, the ciigin of ell creation. 
The Assyrians, the Babylonians, yea, all the 
nations had their separate forms of worship, 
and all that of idolatry, except one to whom 
God constantly epake in tongues of flaming 
fire. They worshiped the sun as the 
God of the mornitg, who, with horses and 
a chariot of roariog flames, rode across the 
heavens from the east to the west, day after 
day. Some worshiped the rnoon, some the 
stare, and some, tao Assyrians especially, 
even bowed in reverence to the beast of the 
field. Yet they all believed in the in- 
fernal regions, and also in a final resting 
place in the preseoce of tbe gad of pleasure. 
They believed that after this death, the soul 
should be carried to purgatory, and. there 
doomed to incsesant labor and sffliction for 
almost an immeasurable space of time, when 
it should again take upon itself this same 
body, and, after a due season, it shotild enter 
the abode of eternal bappiQPss. 

All nations had some idea of the beauti- 
ful beyond, bat alas I they had wandered away 
from that King of kings, who ruled over them 
with all-pitiful power. Ba^, thanks be to 
God, that he preseived one nation, delivered 
them from bondage, and educated them to 
the Eense of realizition of onn, and onli] one 
almighty and supreme God. 

Ah yes, the old Pdalmist of Israel saw the 
condition of the world. When he could look 
to the EEst Etd to the West, to the 
North and to the South, and see them 
worshiping the god ot the morning, then 
that of the evening, when he could see the 
night turned into day on the mountain topg 
by the constant flames of sacrifice, end 
could hear the night made hideous by the 
cries of grief and bhouts of praise and 
honor in worship to the hosts of heaven, 
yea, when he saw the Assyrian kneel to the 
ox, or the mother cast her babe into the 
deep, or sacrifice it to some god or goddess, 

no wonder his heart was saddened, no won- 
der he was led to exclaim, "What is man, 
that thou art mindful of him?" 

We say his heart was saddened when he 
looked about him and saw the doings of his 
neighbors. But, on the other hand, it was 
gladdened, when he looked forward to the 
time when a Savior should be born uuto the 
world ; and when the world should be led 
from darkness into light. But if the good 
old Psalmist could truthfully say, "What 
is man, that thou art mindful of him?" — can 
we not truly and conscientiously say the 

When the world was in the depths of 
darkness, when only one nation on the whole 
face of the broad laud reoognizad the true 
and living God, and that one, too, was be- 
coming corrupt, n was then that the infant 
babe was in a manger lain; it was then that 
the bright star marked the biith-plaee of a 
child, perfect in form and beauty, and, more 
than ell, begotten of God himself; it was then 
that those eastern herdsmen bore gifts to 
one, who should establish a kingdom that 
should fill the whole world. Tea, it was 
then that the Father gave his only Begotten 
for the sins of the world. 

And, now, after having been tempted by 
the devil himself, after having been scorned 
and scoffed by the chief men of the day, 
until he was led to exclaim: "The foxes have 
holes, the fowls of the air have nests, but 
the Son of man hath not where to lay his 
head." After having been scourged and 
smitten by the chief priests, and, lastly, having 
been nailed to the cross by those of hia own 
nation, all for the Bake of you and me, can 
we not /ruZt/ say, "What is man, that thou 
art mindful of him?" 



As one who loves the truth as it is in 
Christ, I now address you on this wise: I 
am in the midst of Methodists, Presbyteri- 
ans and the Ohriatian church, or Campbel- 
lites, so called. Hence many different theo- 
ies are being set forth before the people, as 
the right way to obtain eternal life in Christ, 
and nH there are no Brethren in this corner 
of God's heritage, except myself and husband, 
I have been trying, by the grace given me, 
to tell the old story of the cross more care- 
fully; and it seems that there are some here 
who are receiving the things taught by us, 
because Jt is just aa they read it in God's 

It is too bad, that Brethren are so unmind- 
ful of those places where there are no church- 
es established; when many souls are starving 
for the want of the bread of life. 1 can read 
jn the Messenger where the ministering 
brethren in the East are flourishing among 
the churches, and their spiritual work is abun- 
dantly attended with saccess. Well may it 
be successful where it has been preached 
and established for years. There is no op 
position there to speak of, hence it is very 
easy to have an ingathering. 

But you just buckle on the armor of God, 
you who are called to the ministry, and 
come West, and face a people who never 
heard our plea, as taught and obeyed by the 
Brethren, and you will find your work more 
or less attended with difiiculty, especially in 
our towns, but no difference; if you have the 
Lord on your side, and leave off' the coat of 
mail (which David refused to wear, because 
he had not proved it) you will, like David, 
cause the enemy to tremble for fear, and 
thus save many precious souls, who are seek- 
ing to knov? Christ and him crucified. 

Now, Brethren, we beg you to come here 
and hold a few meetings. I have been re- 
quested to call some of our ministers to 
come and preach here. People will open 
their houses for yon. You will find noth- 
ing but sod-bouses, but God will meet with 
us in our aod-hoases as quick as if we were 
in a King's palace. You will find just aa en- 
ergetic, kind-hearted people in the West, 
who dwell in sod-houses and dug-ou<s, as you 
will find any-where in the world. 

O could you be endowed ss Paul was, with 
the living fire, made alive to the great work 
of saving souls. It tseems you are at ease 
in Zion. If you could only see the great 
need of spiritual work to be done here in the 
West, you would awake out of your sleep, 
and follow the example of Chrisi and hia apos- 
tles, in that they went every- where preaching 
the word. Christ say?, "My meat and drink 
is to do the will of him that sent me, and 
to finish my work." 

Brethren, come West. Do not be afraid, 
though the enemy may defy the armies of 
Israel. Gome in the name of David's God; 
the Lord of hosts, and preach the word, that 
the people may know the true and only safe 
way to heaven. We close, hoping ere long 
that our call may be responded to, by some 
one comiog m our midst. Grace be with 
you all! 

Oakhj, St. John Co., Kan. 


"I find no fault in bim." John 19: 4. 

Here we have the person of Jesus, our 
blest Savior, described, after going through 
an excited, rigid trial, andPilatp, after hear- 
iig all thit coiild besaid agiiijst Jesus, being 
reminded by hiu wife, to have nothing to do 
wiUi that just man, sa}', "I find no fault in 
him" I suppose there are a good loany 
who, after a true examination of their fellow- 
travelers to the other world, can say, I find no 
fault in them, aod especially after they ar ) 

But so many, yea, so very many of us are 
always finding fault with each other. And, 
strange to think about our fault-finding, to 
be so diversified, one in one thing and one ia 
another. Let us jaai study this subject a 
little. The preacher finds fault with his broth- 
er preacher, because he writes to the paper 
how many meetings he attended, bow many 
were baptized — while he was at home, read 
the news, and because his name was not in 
the paper, he finds fault and says, "I would 

Jan. 18. 1887. 



have let some one else tell that" Anotlier 
preacher took hig wife with him, and wrote 
about his wife stopping over at some place, 
visiting friends, or some casual circamBtance, 
and, says anolfcer, "I would have left it out." 
Another said, "We have jast closed a good 
meeting and so many of the Sunday-school 
scholars, or some man and his wife, or old 
grandma joined the church," and some eay, 
"I think I would have left that out" 

Sometimes sis or seven preachers sit on 
one long bench. One does ail the preaching, 
the others find fault with long eermons, but 
Bsy, I did not want to preach (ironically rath- 
er). And it so happens sometimes, one will 
icsiat on another and anoiher, until some 
one willget ap, saying, "The Brethren have 
nothing on their mind-a, and I have nothing 
particular on my mind, but 1 just thought 
I would make a commencement." Then 
ha talks about an hoar or so. So the rest find 
fault with those long iatroductiocs — likewise 
the congregation, and the brethren and sis- 
ters criticiae the way the services were coa- 
ducted. One thinks, if we had had a good 
preacher to-day, we would have had a splen- 
did meeting, xiaming their fancy preacher. 
One complains becauee taey called on a sister 
to lead in prayer; another because the 
preacher waa tedious. Again, the preacher's 
dres^ did not look as neat aa it shoaid; 
another said he dressed finer than any one 
else. So on, and so on goes our fault-finding. 

But many who get the paper, sit down and 
read it. The Messenger, in all probability, 
is the only preacher thsy have seen or heard 
in twelve months. They read, or hear read, 
that at a certain place they had a good meet- 
ing; and that one, two, ten, twenty or thirty 
were brought to Christ. Their souia leap 
for joy, and praise God and rejoice, because 
the good work of the Lord is going on some- 
where. Another reads that the preacher's 
wife went with him on his missionary tour, 
and stopped over with some brethren or 
friends, and another's heart rejoices, beeauae 
they know that the good woman of God will 
cheer many a poor soul along through life. 

Another reads of the Sunday-school schol- 
ars giving their hearts to the Lord, and many, 
yea, very many, rejoice because some of their 
loved ones were in that number, and when 
the children and the grandchildren read the 
news of their parente or grandparents turn- 
ing unto the Lord, — how glad they all are! 

The mmy preachers sitting on the one 
bench could make great amende if each of 
them had an appointment of his own to at- 
tend every Sibbatb. I remember a church 
just now, that has sis preachers in it, and 
they do very rarely meet, and some do not 
hear the others preach more than once or 
twice in twelve months, If this rule were 
adopted, those long opening services would 
soon cease, and this long introduction would 
soon come to an end, and there would be no 
fault-finding on this ecore. 

If the members would have their minds 
and affections on things above, they, in all 
probability, would have said, "I was glad 
when they said. Let us go unto the house of 
the L^rd," or "Did we sot have a good meet- 

ing" and the effort of the weak servant of God 
would have been wonderfully blest. 

It sometimes takes the loeak preacher, as 
yoa call him, to reach the stout-hearted 
sinner, and really he is the strong preacher. 
We are so much like the people of other 
generations — we don't think the shepherd 
boy need be presented, although many a 
Goliah, in his fancy, has been slain by the 
weak servant of God. So the success of the 
meeting is what we make it. 

God has said he will never leave us nor 
forsake U3. Bat if we do our part, God will 
be pleased with us, bat if our eyes are larger 
than our hearts, we may, and, of course, we 
will see more than we will feel. We will see 
all the awkward gestures of the preacher; we 
will see whether his head ha3 been oiled, 
and hia beard all fixed up to t-aste; we will 
notice whether his clothing is soiled or 
worn out. 

We see the young in all their gayety; we 
see all the trimmings and laces. As cause 
produces effect, the cause was, our eyes were 
larger than our hearts — and when we turn 
our eyes into o^rn hearts, we see our own 
faults, and we come to the house of God, con- 
secrate ourselves anew to Christ and his 
cause, and persuade others to come to him. 
When we examine ourselves by the infallible 
rule, we find in our ownselves so many fault.e, 
that when the child of God is essailed, we 
jaatly and truly say, "We find no fault in 
him." And when we have the "mind of 
Christ," all, with one accord, will work, labor, 
and pray, that the year we now have entered 
may be one in which we will labor more 
zealously for the cause which we have es- 
poused, and ere the year shall close, we will 
hear through the columns of the Gospel Mes- 
SENaEPv of thousands accepting the offers 
of salvation, and that all will work more 
faithfully in the future, than they have in 
the past. ' . -i 

Jesus had many opposere, many persecutors, 
many false accusers, many scoffs and frowne, 
and so we will likewise have here below, 
but if faithful to our high calling in Christ 
Jesus, the great Shepherd will say. Come up 
higher; I find no fault in yon. "I was a hun- 
gered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, 
and yo gave me driak: I was a stranger, and 
ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: 
I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in pris- 
on, and ye came unto me." "Eater thou into 
the joy of thy Lord!" 

Alum Well, Tenn , Dec. 27,1886. 



Another year has closed. Another great 
chapter of life's history of 365 pages, tinted 
with joy and subdued with sorro^r, is com- 
pleted. It has had its lines of comfort, and 
paragraphs burdened with discordant notes 
of blasted hopes, just like other yearp, — per- 
haps not so many, and may be more. ' Oar 
former blunders and errors we need not 
nurse. The future alone is before us, and 
we can adorn or mar, weave flowers or adders' 

stings in its warp. We hope the new year 
will be happier and fuller of blessings to all, 
than the last. We hope that the children 
who laughed and played, in country or city 
homee, may all live another year, and be 
happy all the time. The door of the new 
year was thrown open to many parents by 
merry laagh and childish glee, shouting, 
"New Year's Gift." 

Begin each morning, as the day breaks in 
golden WEves over your hearts, by being 
more earef al of the lives of your little ones. 
Keep from the storm of words which too oft- 
en darkens the sky of their young lives. 
Let the new year bring more sunshine and 
less shadow to our children. Help them as 
they strive to gain a foothold on the lawn of 
a loving life; and a father cannot do this by 
vulgar or profane taJk. Childhood clings to 
the sweetest and smoothest words in life, 
and ghould be taught to tvirn from that 
which is vile and coarse. You may open 
your pocket-book and shower golden eegles 
from its thresbhold to every corner of your 
hou^e, but money is not the sunshine to a 
heart that earnest love is. The father who 
spends his days in idlenese, his nights in 
dissipation, who lets the foliage of language 
fall from his torn, etained, broken, worm- 
eaten soul, and full of poison, is weaving a 
garment of sorrow, despair, shsme and pain 
for his children. \i5t the new year find all 
such losing the shuttle and thread of such 
a warp, and pick up the shuttle of soberness, 
and threads of love, and see how near this 
new year can be made a continuous holiday 
to those around 'is. Try, this one year, not 
to spend one day or night in riot and dissi- 
pation, and to your home will come joy and 
gladness, like the coolii^g cup of water to the 
thirsty traveler. 

Live for those you love, and those that you 
are guardian for, and all mankind, wherever 
opportunity iBay afford; and you will be 
walking to everlasting happinesp, as surely 
as ever a bullet flew to pierce the center of 
a target. 

The year just past leaves us one year near- 
er to something bright, or eomething dark 
and dismal, in the opening future, — one year 
nearer to our reward. May each one consid- 
er well that, as one year passes after another, 
they are hurrying us to the grave, where 
generation after generation has gone. The 
year just closed has taken with it many of 
the cares and sorrows it brought, and the 
thousand unfilled hopes it so relentlessly 
crushed. The new year will bring its forces 
of strife and trouble to give us battle. They 
will crowd steadily before us to fill our path, 
bitt we must conquer, if the hero's crown we 
would wear. There is a rich harvest of gold- 
en grain awaiting the reaper, and may we all 
reach the right field and remain, where 
there is no end of years, but an eternal day 
of everlasting joy. 

May the MESSENCfER be a happy visitor to 
all of its subscribers for the year 1887. May 
each and all have a happy year, a happy life, 
a beautif qI home here and a tranquil rest be^ 
yond the sunset of life. 

Boston, Ivd, 

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Jan. 18, 1887. 


BY B. C. ilOOMAW. 

"For Christ is the end of the law for r^ghteou.-yiess to 
every on,' that bslieveth." 

In connection with this read Matt. 5: 17, 
16: "Ihiuk not that I am come to destioy 
the law, or the prophets: I am not come to 
destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto 
you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or 
one tittle eball in no wise pass from the la^v, 
till all be fulfiiled." 

Now we have before us several clearly de- 
fined p jinte. First, the law muat have s per- 
fect fulfillment. Second, this must be ac- 
complished in the person of our Lord. Third, 
the object of this fulfillment, as seen in the 
text from Pvomans, is the provision of a sav- 
ing righteousness for believers. 

Let us remark, in the first plac?, that Is- 
rael hsd failed to fulfil the law so as to ob- 
tain its righteousness. Moses had said, "He 
that doeth these things shall live by them." 
So a perfect obedience to the law would have 
given the Jews a title to eternal lifo. But 
they failed to render that obedience, and con- 
sequently were all "concluded under sin." 
Failure at any one time, in any one point, 
was equivalent to a transgression of the 
whole la-^e, and scfficieDt to forgver destroy 
all hope or prospect of life. 

This is the reason the one trenEgresBion of 
our first parents lest them Eden, lost them 
innocence and life. How vain must be the 
hope of those deluded mortals who expect 
salvation as the result of their own works! 
To fail just once, in a life-time, ia fatal, for 
the law makes no provision for recovery or 
restoration. It knows nothing but to com- 
mand, and punish. Nevertheless, the Jews 
persistently sought to obtain a saving right- 
eousness by the works of the law, and here 
is where they stumbled. "They nought it 
not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of 
the law." Ignorant of God's righteousnesa, 
they went about to establish their own right- 
eouBuess, and would not submit themselves 
to the righteousness of God. Eom. 9: 31, 32. 
Yet they should not have been ignorant ot 
God's righteousness, for all the sacrificial 
ceremonies typified that righteousness, and 
indicated how it was to be obtained. But 
the self-righteous Jews corrupted even thio 
service from its origins;l design, vainly imag- 
ining that their punctilious observance of it 
was, in itself, a source of merit. 

They either could not, or would not see its 
typical reference to the Lamb of God which 
taketh away the sin of the vyorld. 

So, when Christ came, he found the exper- 
iment of human obedience and human right- 
eousnesa a total failure. Yet there stood the 
law in all its awful majesty. It could not be 
abolished, for it was iuo exact measure of 
man's duty. The obligation to keep it per- 
fectly must, of necessity, remain in full force, 
and, of equal necessity, every dereliction, 
great or small, must receive its appropriate 
penalty. These necesbities existed, and ex- 
i:t now, in the human constitution, end 
cculd not be evaded "though heaven and 
earth pass away." 

Wo scarcely need to add what every one 
knows, that the sentence of the broken law is 
death. Through this dreadful breach the 
tides of life were surely and swiftly ebbing 
out, and the whole race had taken up its 
msrch to hopeless doom. But there was one 
helper, * a deliverer out of Zion." He was 
not found among men. Not one could de- 
liver hia brother. He was not found among 
the HI) gels. God found him in his own bos- 
om, at his own right hand, — his Son. 

In human form he comes to stand in the 
breach, and stem the mighty tides of ruin. 
The forces of hell came upon him and wound- 
ed him, but he set his heel upon the dragon's 
head and crushed the terrible foe. 

As man, and for man, he met the demands 
of the law for a perfect life. As our repre- 
sentative, our federal head, standing for all 
who believe on him, he fulfilled every jot 
and tittle of that law, and earned its perfect 
righteousness. His perfect human life was 
itself a legal title to eternal life, trausfeired 
to all believers, for his life as well as his 
death was substitutionary for us. "Without 
a vicarious life there could have been no vi- 
carious death. Atonement for sins past 
would have been of no avail as long as sins 
present were continually imputed unto us. 
But now sin is not imputed, for being in 
Chiist we are regarded as having rendered a 
perfect obedience; and punishment is not ex- 
acted, for our sins have already been punish- 
ed in the person of Christ. 1 Pet. 2: 24, 

The perfect fulfillment of the law in his 
life, and the perfect satisfaction of its de- 
mands upon the race which he rendered in 
his death was abundantly typified by the 
sacrificial law, of which he was also the end, 
or fulfillment. 

The sacrificial animal, which must be with- 
out spot or blemish, represented the perfect 
innocence of its great antitype — Jesus, as 
pertaining to the law. The law had no con- 
troversy with the animal of the sacrifice un- 
til it was consecrated, or set apart as a sac- 
rifice for the guilty. Neither did it have any 
controversy with the Son of Man until he be- 
came the substitute for sinners, assuming 
the responsibility of their trausgresfeions, 
"bearing their sins." The law demanded 
the life of the guilty, but it accepted the life 
of the innocent animal as an equivalent, or 
satifcftiction, pointing forward to the Lamb 
of God, and the blood which alone can take 
away sin. The life of Jesus is the only real 
equivalent for the forfeited life of the sin- 
ner, and that life was given for ours. The 
great doctrine of substitution, then, was 
clearly set forth in the ancient sacrificial law, 
and as there was, cf necessity, a complete 
exchange of placas between the substitute 
and the principal, the innocence of the sub- 
stitute, as pertaining to the law, was imputed 
to the principal, v/hile the guilt of the prin- 
cipal was laid upon the subbtitute. 

It is strange that the Jews could not see 
this, bat the "veil was over their hearts," and 
"blindness was happened unto Israel." Hav- 
ing eyes, they saw not; having earr, they 
heard not, neither understood they with their 
hearts. Should not we be careful to learn 

the lesson, aLd write it upon our hearts, that 
nothing but the righteousness of Christ, the 
spotless Lamb of God, the acceptable sacri- 
fice, can justify us and give us a title to eter- 
nal life? Should v/e not carefully study the 
conditions upon which we may receive the 
imputtition of this justifying righteousness? 

The sacrifice of Christ terminated the old 
ceremonial law. It had no longer any claim 
upon the obedience of God's children. It 
had finished its task of illustrating, as it 
were, by a series of object lessons, the great 
atonement, and the prominent features of 
the plan of salvation. It had been a help to 
the faith, and a solace to the conscience of 
believers in all ages, who looked forward to 
the coming Messiah. But since Messiah 
has come, there is no further need of these 
tangible prophecies of him. 

The same kind of faith which looked for- 
ward to him through the symbolism of the 
daily and yearly sacrifice, must now look 
back to him through the symbolism of gos- 
pel ordinances, and the realism of his con- 
scious presence in the heart. This is the 
living faith which Paul sets forth as the fun- 
damental condition of justification. A par- 
allel Scripture is the 2l8t and 22Qd verses of 
Eomane, 3rd chapter: "But now the right- 
eousness of God without the law is manifest- 
ed, being witnessed by the law and the proph- 
ets; even the righteousnesB of God which is 
h^j faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and iipon 
all that believe." Faith is the spiritual hand 
which reaches out to receive this great, free, 
gift of God. It is the act of receiving salva- 
tion from God's hand. All the other graces, 
doctrines, and duties of the gospel are inter- 
locked with it, and dependent upon it. 

It only remains to add that the law is as 
much bound to acquit the innocent as to 
punish the guilty, and this it does not as a 
favor, but bb a matter of equity. Since ev- 
ery true believer is under grace and "not un- 
der the law," he is innocent in the eyes of 
the law, and consequently has a 7-ight to its 
acquittal. The eame law which before con- 
demned him, now stands forever like a wall 
of adamant between him and all danger. It 
is his eternal guarantee of life. 



On page 771, vol. 24, we find an article 
written by Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, which, in 
part, ia a reply to an article in No. 44, page 
691. That article contains a good many 
things too hard for me to reconcile with gos- 
pel facts, hence, to the comprehension of my 
mind, are altogether out of the question. 

Since looking over the different articles 
written on the subject, it has again renewed 
my interest in searching and researching the 
great truths of the Bible. In order that all 
may get the benefit, including myself, I will, 
through the Messenger, ask Bro. Teeter a 
few questions, hh he has ventured upon it 
with some very positive assertions. He says, 
it is clearly find positively true that the time 

Jan. 18, 1887. 



that Jesus and his dieeiples partook of that 
supper was not at the time specified by law. 
I ask, Waa not tha speoifiod time on the 
fourteenth day of the month, and was not 
the fourteenth day of the firet month the 
first day of the seven-day feast of unleavened 
bread? See Ex. 12: 15-18. For the connec- 
tion in the New Testament see Matt. 26: 17. 
Mark 14: 12 reads as follows: "And the first 
day of uDleavened bread, when they killed 
the paseover, his disciples said unto him," 
etc. When they killed the passover on the 
first day of the fea&t, — they, who are they? 
See Luke 22: 7: "Then csme the day of un- 
leavened bread, when the passover must be 
killed." I ask, Why must it be killed on 
this certain day? Was it according to epec 
ified law, or waa it not? 

Oar brother farther remarks that it was 
not according to law to sit and eat the pass- 
over, and that the Israelites were forbidden 
to go out oi the house that night. I will just 
say that, upon investigation, I find the pe- 
culiar circumstances connected with the giv- 
ing cf tlis l&Yf xeqtdimg it, but Eot in- 
corporated in the law given them after they 
left Egypt. They were required, in the first 
observance of the passover, to eat, standing, 
ready for the march, for they did go out of 
the house that night, and left Egypt in haste. 
See Ex. 12: 29-42; Lev. 22: 3-8; Num. 28: 16- 

Oar brother further states that it was nec- 
essary for him (Christ) to die on the four- 
teenth day of the month Abib, at the going 
(?cwii <sl-the 8un, so that he could meet and 
take cut of the v/ay hia type, which ho did. 
Nov?, if it was a matter of necessity in refer- 
ence to time, we muat find a law requiring it, 
whisb, so far, I have bsea unable to do. 

Will Bro. Teeter please tell where, in the 
Old Testament, to find it was not Christ of- 
fered as a ein ofi'eriug rather than type offer- 
ing? Will Bfo, Teeter please investigate 
and give us soaie conclusions through the 
Messbngee, at his earliest convenience? 

Augusta, Kan. 


From Salem Ctiurcli, Eejio Co , Kan. 

In my last report I said brethren Dler- 
dorff and Shirk would continue the meeting, 
which they did, tor one week. Daring this 
meeting brethren Hope and E, Eby dropped 
in, and each one gave us a sermon. 

On Nov. 6, Upton Biueher went to mill at 
Abbyville, End while there the boiler of the 
mill exploded, killing him instantly, and 
wounding several others. The funeral took 
place at Nicker son on the 7ch. The occasion 
was improved by brethren Forney and Mar- 
tin. Thu3 in the midst of life we are in 
death. The prophet has said, "Set thine 
house in order, for thou shalt die end not 

Nov. 8, Bro. E. Eby came to ua and held 
some good meetiaga. Nov. 25, Bro. Lemuel 
Hiilery came and preached ten sermons. On 
account of sickueas Bro. Hiilery stopped 
preaching, and the meetings closed, with one 

application for baptism. Had a pleasant 
council meeting on Dec, 4. One important 
feature of the meeting was a change of eld- 
ers. Our elder, J. D. Trostle, tendered his 
resignation several times, on account of dis- 
tance, and hie mission in north- eastsm Kan- 
sas. His reeignation was accepted, and Bro. 
Moses Brubaker, of the State Center church, 
was chosen as our elder. Bro. Brubaker 
lives near Lyons, Eice Co. 

In No. 43, of the G. M., Bro. W. H. Mil- 
ler, of Filley, Nebr., in speaking of pride, 
sayp, "We need enough prida to keep cur- 
selves decent." With all due regard for Bro. 
Miller, we wish to set right our minds on 
that subject. We hear many good brethren 
and sisters say the same thing, and I at one 
time used the same line of argument, but I 
now assume the prerogative to say that the 
Christian dees not need any pride to keep 
himself decent. Pride is from the devil, and 
any one truly born of God can and will keep 
himself decent without pride. But, says one, 
who is there that does not have some pride? 
The most of us have more or leas of it, but 
it is not needed. If we do not keep ourselves 
decent, let us pray God for more of his spir- 
it, and if we let the spirit work it will cleanse 
U9, and we shall be whiter than &now. That 
is, with a proper effort on our part. Oh, my 
brother, my sister, if we could only get the 
principle of pride out of self, we would be 
astonished at the progress and success of the 
church. Let us pray for this end ! 


Nickerson, Kan. 

From Tliornton, W. Va. 

On Nov. 25, I left home to visit the mem- 
bers in Grant Co., W. Va. The same evening 
of my arrival I was to preach at Laurel Dale, 
Mineral county, but the train being late, we 
did not get to the appointment. Nov. 27 we 
met at Paddies Land for worship, staid until 
Dec. 5; had twelve meetings, and the best of 
feelings and interest. There were no 
additions to the church, but wa hope deep 
and lasting impressions were made. Quite a 
sad accident occurred in this church, a few 
days before our arrival. Eld. Wm. Michael 
while unloading wood from the wsgoD, fell, 
hurting himself seriously. He lived about 
two weeks, suffering greatly, but he bora it 
with Christian fortitude. His death casts 
a gloom over the neighborhood. We h€ard 
more than one say, "He will be missed." 
Bro. Michael was an earnest worker for hie 
Master, and his family do not weep as thoee 
who have no hope. 

Dec. 6, I was taken to Greenland, four 
miles distant from Paddies Land. I held 
eight meetings here. At first the attendance 
was small, but before the close it was better; 
the interest increased, and at the close of the 
meeting one was added to the church. Hope 
he may be a valiant soldier for Jesus! While 
with the brethren and sisters, we enjoyed our- 
selves, as their zeal for the Master is com- 
mendable. Sunday evening, Dec. 12^ we had 
services at Laurel Dale, some eight or ten 
miles from Greenland. Next day we were 
• taken to Keyser, and soon were on our way 

I ome. Found all well. We extend our ten- 
der thanks to the Brethren for their kind- 
ness. Z, Annon. 
i ♦ . 

Boys' Bible School. 


Balance on two last reports $16 32 

Pine Creek church and Sunday-school, 

through D. L. Forney 4 00 

Mt. Morris College, thankagiving of- 
fering, Cyrus Walliek 4 40 

Pine Creek Union Sunday-school, 

through D. L. Miller 2 25 

Mt. Morris College, through Cyrus 

Waliick 1 50 

A sister, Decatur, 111 2 00 

Church and Sunday-school, Hudson, 

III, J. L, Blough 2 10 

Sunday-eehool at Milledgeville, II!., 

J. B.Wine 3 00 

Michael Forney and Geo. W. Eaney, 

Calhoun, Hi. 1 00 

Eld. Daniel VaDJmsn and sister 
Obmert, New Holland, III, two 
cent stamps 60 

Sister N. J. Eoop, Warrensburg, Mo. 1 00 

N. H. Slabaugh, Lamar, Mo 1 00 

Eld. Thomas Major, Chilicothe, O. . 1 00 

Lick Cieek Snndey-school, through 

Chsncpy Newcomer 7 25 

Mary Shank (age eeven years), broth- 
er, mother, King's Eiver, Selma 
post office, Caj 3 00 

Emma K. Seltzer, Ephrata, Laacaster 

Co., Pa 1 00 

Several brethren of Huntingdon 
church. Pa., through Lizzie B. 
Howe 12 85 

Silas Hoover, O 1 00 

D. Emmert, Mt. Morria, ill 1 00 

Total..... $66 27 


Bibles, books, rent, clothing and shoes 
for the poor boys, chairs for hall, 
lamps and oil, stove, meeting no- 
tices in daily papers, tracts, etc. .$63 57 

Amount on hand $2 70 


From Qiiinter, Kansas. 

The good work is still going on here in 
the far West. A short time 8 go a brother 
and his son started out on their claim to 
work. It seems they had not gone far when 
the son said, "Father I do not think I can go 
oat there to work to-day." "Why," said the 
father, "What is the trouble?" "Why," said 
the SOD, "I feel it my duty to prepare to die 
before I prepare to live." What a wise con- 
clusion he made! Would to God that many 
more would resolve to do likewise. The fa- 
ther said to hie son, "You c*in wait until Sun- 
day to be baptized." "No," said the son, 
"Death will not wait," Here is another 
thought worth considering. As soon as ar- 
rangements could be made, he was baptized. 
I write these lines, thinking that perhaps it 
might be the means of arousing some poor 
soul to a sense of his duty. Last Sunday 
we had a large congregation, to hear the 
Word preached. After meeting, a young 
brother and sister presented themselves to 
be married, which was done according to or- 
der, Lizzie Hilabi. 



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TVhilst the great msjority of our enbacrifa- 
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We think it but due ourselves to answer 
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at once see that we cannot possibly compete 
with the papers above named.- 

In the first place the comparison is not a 
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be made with papers of like character. Other 
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SyO per acre. A charge of extortion might 
be sustained against the brother, by unfair 
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compare the price of land in the West, with 
what he received for his farm in the East. 
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price he received for liis land with the price 
of other farms in his neighborhood, surround- 
ed by the same condition, and this compari- 
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received too much for the land he sold. 

S,D it is with the Messengeb. When we 
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"Eeligioiis Herald," same size as the Mes- 
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"Hebrew Standard," an eight-page paper, 
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per year. 

"The Christian Standard" au eight-page 
paper, considerably larger than the Messen- 
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paid strictly in advance. 

"The Christian Worker" (Quaker paper), 
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p'.id in advance. 

"The Christian Cynosure" same size as 
the Messenger, with three pages of advertise- 
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vance, $1 50. 

We might continue this list to a much 
greater length, but sufficient is here given to 
show that the Messenger is really among 
the lowest priced, religious papers published. 

There are three reasons why the city pa- 
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1. They all publish a daily paper, and the 
reading matter which appears in the daily, 
is simply transferred to the weekly, so that it 
costs nothing extra for type-setting, which is 
a large part of the expense of getting out a 

2. They have an immense circulation, some 
of them as high as two hundred thousand 
copies each week. Because of this, they can 
send out the paper at a low rate. 

3. They receive an immense sum of money 
for their advertising space. Their great cir- 
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per line, for space iu the paper. 

These reasons make it possible for the city 
papers to send out a weekly at $1.00 a year, 
and they could better afford to send out 
their paper at 75 cents a year than we can to 
send out the Messenger at $1.50. 

We have put the price of the Mes.sbnger 
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which we receive but $1,00 a year. These 
are papers donated. We have, also, half as 
many more who receive the paper free, and 
for which we receive only such amounts as 
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us in doing so, we v/ouldliketo enlarge the pa- 
per and this we think of doing as soon as we 
can afford it. At present, were it not for the fact 
that wfc have, by close attention to business and 

hard work, built up a considerable Job and 
Book Publishing interest, in connection with 
the publication of the Messenger, we could 
not get out of the paper even a fair compensa- 
tion for money invested and labor perform- 

This is not to be regarded iu any way as a 
complaint. It ia written to satisfy those who 
think the paper is too high in price. We 
have no reason to complain of our patronage. 
Oar agents are sending in many new names 
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with the beginning of the next year, we may 
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As Paul positively forbids the wearicg of gold, is it 
wrong for us lo make use of gold watches and spectacles? 

The above query comes to us from a sister 
in Ohio, who privately requests us to with- 
hold her name. If the Word of God prohib- 
its the wearing of gold as an ornament, then 
no man or woman, profeseing to follow the 
teachings of the Bible, should wear it. This 
position, we believe, all \»ill accept as being 
correct. That Paul, ia 1 Tim. 2: 9 and 1 Pet. 
3: 3, does forbid the wearing of gold in this 
way, is a truth that every candid mind will 
admit. The commentators generally admit 
that thia is the meaning of these Scriptures; 
that the words of Paul and Peter prohibited 
the wearing of gold, of pearls, and of costly 
array. Some of tbem, however, claim thpt 
the prohibition does not extend to ue; a claim 
that we do not think the Scripture justifies 
them in making. If additional testimony 
were needed, we might refer to the early 
church fathers and the practice of the prim- 
itive church, in which the prohibition above 
given was strictly enforced. If there is a 
plain prohibition against any one thing in 
the New Testament, it is to be found against 
wearing gold gs an ornament. 

But some one £aye, "I carry a gold watch, 
not as an ornament, but fcimply because it is 
useful." Let us look at this proposition 
from a common eense standpoint. 

You go to the dealer in watches to select a 
time-keeper. He shows you two watches. 
So far as their time-keeping qualities are 
concerned they are exactly alike. In fact, 
the movements inside the cases are exactly 
the same make and quality. One is enclosed 
in a silver, the other in a gold case. The 
one you can buy for $25, the other will cost 
you $50. The difference in the cost of the 
metal, of which the ceebb are made, consti- 
tutes the entire difference in the price of the 
watches. As a matter of fact, the silver case, 
being made of metal that is a little harder 
than fine gold, will last the longer, and is 
therefore really the best. Now, what is it 
that induces you to invest your money in the 
gold watch? Certainly not because it \^ill 
be the most useful to you. Examine care- 
fully the motive underlying your choice, the 

Jan. 18, 1887. 



motive wbich impels you to buy, and gives 
jcu the desire for the gold watcb. Is it not 
the love of display? Do you not eimply 
spend $25 of iLe money wbicla tlie Lord has 
intrusted to your keeping to gratify this 
fleshly desire? And is it not the gretifica- 
tion of this same desire that leads to so much 
excess m bodily adornment? 

The love of dieplsy is etrorg in humanity, 
and it grows with surprising rapidity if grat- 
ified. It is only one of the many formw cf 
pride that lurk in the human heart. It may 
be set down as a self-evident truth that if we 
wear or use anything simply to gratify this 
feeling, pride has a place in our hearts. Let 
this be fully understood, let it have its full 
meaning and force; let it cover not oxily the 
rearing of gold, but let it reach every de- 
partment of life. Make this a cardinal rule 
of life, — Never spend money for aijjtbiDg 
simply to make a show or a display, and if 
jou are teropted in this direction, as, for in- 
stance, in the selection of a watch, buy the 
bilver case, aiid put down the $25, thus saved, 
to be used in laying up treasures in heaven. 

When we ccme to test this question fairly, 
when we pass it through the crucible of 
God's Word, when we measure it by the in- 
fallible rule, we find that love o" display is 
at the root of the whole matter. It is the 
gratification of this appetite, grown insatiate 
by being fed, that pieces upon the body of 
the millionaire's daughtfr, a robe bespaogled 
vith gold, pearls and diamonds, at the cost 
of a modest fortune. It is this that places 
upoii the neck of one of New York's wealthy 
ladies gold and diamonds valued at two hun- 
dred thousand dollars. This, too, when 
50,000 poor women are workiog day and 
night to keep eoul and body together, in the 
same city. Think of the Ghfistiaa thus be- 
decked putting forth the jeweled hand, on 
which flash diamond rings costing thou- 
sands of dollars, to partake of the emblems of 
the broken boJy and shed blood of the hum- 
ble Nazirene, who had not where to lay his 
head, and, as you think of it, know that the 
gratification of the deeire that prompts you 
to buy the gold watch instead of the silver 
one, leads to this excess. Start on this road 
and follow it, and it is only a question of 
time end money when you will reach the 
same excess. 

Will God hold us guiltless for spending 
our money in this way ? Might not the mon- 
ey, which is thus worse than wasted, be a 
thousand times better spent by helping to 
spread the gospel, or by giving it to some 
poor, struggling minibter, whose life might 
be cheered and made more usef al by such 

A letter from a poor minister in Missouri 
was received at the same time that this que- 
ry came to us. He told the story of his pov- 
1 rty, of his struggles, and of the many calls 
made upon him to preach the gospel. These 
calls he felt it his dnty to fill. On Christmas 

Day he rode thirty-five miles on horseback, 
to preach. He stopped by the wayside to 
feed his horse, and to eat his frugal meal. 
His Christmas dinner was composed of bread 
and a little cold meat. The poor preacher 
thanked God for even so much, and went on 
his way rejoicing. We could not help but 
think of the overloaded tables, of the money 
spent for gold watches on this Chiistmas 
Day, whilst the poor preacher was neglected. 

Gold has its uees, and when it can be 
made of service, use it, but when it can be of 
no practical use, the Bible and simple com- 
mon sense would say, Do not use it. 

Ycu may, perhaps, not feel as important, 
and youjrlove of display may not be gratifitd 
when you consult; your silver watch as would 
be the case if it were gold, and you may even 
feel humiliated when one of your associates 
has the gold and yourself the silver watch, 
but in the end it will not hurt you. Again 
we say, if you are tempted to pay out money 
for show^ or display, don't do it. Adopt a 
rule of this kind, "I will always buy good, 
substantial, serviceable articles of real value 
and merit when I can eiford them, and the 
money that is required to buy something 
simply for display, I will give to the Lord." 
According to this rule, which we believe to 
be a safe one, the brother who is tempted to 
spend $50 or $100 for a gold watch, should 
take the silver one, and give the money thus 
saved to the Lord. The ten dollar gold spec- 
tacles should be replaced by the equally neat 
and serviceable steel frames, and the $6 or $8 
thus saved, paid out for the spreading of the 
gospel. Is not ■ this advice in accordance 
with the letter and spirit of God's Word? 
Is it not fully in accord with reason and 
common sense? If so, will we heed it? 


The General Missionary Committee, hav- 
ing made a final settlement with Bro. C. 
Hope, our missionary to Denmark and Swe- 
den, after a careful examination of his books 
and accounts, report as follows: 

Bro, Hope was appointed to go to Den- 
mark by a special District Meeting of North- 
ern Illinois, held at Cherry Grove, 111., Nov. 
12, 1876. He started about two months later 
for his field of labor, and returned to Ameri- 
ca in August, 1886. The first years of his 
labor in Denmark he was under the charge 
of the Northern District of Illinois, and aft- 
erwards of the General Missionary Committee. 

We find, upon examination, that his ac- 
counts have been accurately and carefully 
kept. He presents an itemized statement of 
the expenditures of all money sent him, 
showing for what purpose it was paid out, 
and we further find that all money sent 
him was used for the support of his family, 
for traveling expenses in mission work, in- 
cluding going to and returning from Europe, 
for hall rent, and for inoiderital expo-'ises, 

such as light, fuel, etc., for the places where 
meetings were held, and that he received 
nothing for the time he gave to the work. 

A little ever eight thousand dollars was 
gent to Bro. Hops in Danmark, over one- 
half of which was expended for the mission 
work, outside of the support of his family. 
When it is taken into consideration that Bro. 
Hope has a large family (seven children), 
and that he was much burdened with sick- 
ness, sister Hope having been sick most of 
the time, it will be fcnnd that he used the 
means intrusted to him as economically as 
could have been expected- When the result 
of our brother's work in Denmark and Swe- 
den is taken into ocnsideration, the amount 
expended einka into insignificance. Five 
churches were organized, with a live, active, 
working membership cf about 130; and the 
work left in such a prosperous condition that 
twenty-four have been added to the church 
by baptism since he left the field. 

The Committee feel that it is but an act of 
justice to our dear brother to publish this 
statement, eo that all may know that the 
money sent him was judiciously and ecDnom- 
ically used in carrying forward the work of 
the church in Europe. 

By Order of the Genera! Church Erection 
and Missionary Committee, 

Daniel Vaniman, Foreman, 
,.; u D. L. Miller, Secretary. 



We have before us a copy of the Minutes 
of the District Meeting of Southern Indiana, 
held in the North Fork church, Carroll Co , 
Dec. 8, 188G, from which we give the follow- 
ing notes: 

Bro. Jacob Eife was chosen Moderator, 
and Bro. Eobert Goshorn and Lewis W. 
Teeter, Clerks. Twenty- one congregations 
were represented by delegates. Seven que- 
ries were presented for the consideration of 
the meeting. Five of these were sent back 
to the churches whence they came; one 
was tabled, and one sent to A. M. 

The missionary work received due atten- 
tion, and the report shows that the brethren 
having the work in hand were not idle. The 
amount expended in the work during the 
year was $112 80. 

We copy from the report as follows: 

Brethren Diiniel Bock and Isaac Branson visited Jack- 
son county, assisted by Bro. D. R.Richards, on last visit. 
Baptized seventeen, organ'zed achuich ■with a raember- 
ship of twenty-seven. Name of church. New Hope. 

Visit of Win. R. Harshbarger and Lewis "\V. Teeter to 
Martin county; advanced Bro. D. A. Norcross to the sec- 
ond degiee of the ministry; had seven meetings; three 
apphcants for baptism. 

The Trustees of the Orphans' Home submitted a re- 
port, showing expenditures for buildings, etc., $3,288.21, 
leaving an indebtedness of $196.29. 

General Missionary chosen, in accordance with the re- 
quest of the General Committee, Lewis W. Teeter. Mis- 
i-ionaries for Soulhein Indiana for the ensuing year, Da- 
vid R. Richards and Isaac Bronsoc. Bro. Lewis W. 
Teeter was chosen to represent the District on the Htand- 
iug Committee at our nest Annual 'M^e^w.g. 



Jan. 18, 1887. 


"As cold water is to s thirsty soul. =o is good news from 
a far country." 

— A series of meetings was recently held 
in the J.ndan cbuicb, D.^rke Co., O. J3reth- 
ren Krider and Xeher did the preaching. — 
One was received into chnrch relation by 
baptism. Sj writes Bro. B. C. Eoberts. 

— Sieter Lovina Mnllendore, of Covena, 
Cal., writes a sliort sccouut of their journey 
to the Pacific coset, where they are now set 
tied. They erj'>y tba pleasant climate of 
Southern California, and like the country 

— Bro. Jog. Lorganeeker tel's of the good 
meetings held in the Price'»3 Creek church, 
Ohio, by Bro. A. Hutchison. On Christmas 
Dij four were baptized, and others f^re near 
the kirgdcm. Bro. John Smith continued 
the meetings after Christmaa. 

— From Bro. lease Hollinger, of the Som- 
erset church, Ind , we learn that Bro. John 
Caylor preached for them recenlly. Some 
are counting the cctt. The nieetings were 
to be continued by the home ministry, as- 
sisted by the adjoining churches. 

— Bro. Jacob Fahl, of Fayetteville, Frank- 
lin Co., Pa., informs us that tho Brethren of 
the Falling Spring chnrch expected to hold 
a series of meetings, beginning the first of 
this month, &nd expresses the hopa that 
many souls may be thoroughly converted and 
brought to Christ. 

— From the Bango church, Ind., comes the 
good news that a series of meetings TVfes held 
in December, and three precious souls were 
added to the church. Bro, Meizler, the eld- 
er, is acffaring from rheumatism, and cannot 
attend meetirgs. We glean from Bro. H. M. 
Schwalin's letter. 

— Bro. Simuel D. Frovrijf'ilter, of Hegers- 
town, Md,, gays their church is progressing 
in the good work, Bro. TV. S. Pieichard is 
their minister. They have a good Sunday- 
school and prayer-vmeeting. Bro. Samuel F. 
Sanger, of Virginia, was expected to be with 
them on the 1.5 inst. 

— Sister Jane Swoveland, of the Back Creek 
church, Ind., gives an account of the meet- 
ings held there by Bro. George L, Studebak- 
er. Ten cnme out on the Lord's side and 
were received into the church, eome of them 
youEg in years. May the Lord bless and 
keep them f faithful! 

— Bro. C H. Kingery reports that the La- 
bette church, Kan , enjoys peace and har- 
mony within her borders. Their quarterly 
council passed cfi very pleasantly. They ex- 
pected to begin a series of meetings on the 
8th inst. at the Lockard echord-houee, and 
they hope to have the help of some of the 
ministering brethren. 

— Bro. Isaiali Piairich held a series of 
meetings, in the Yellow Creek Church, Elk- 
hart Co , Ind., commencing Dec. 18, and clos- 
ing Jan. 2. He preached twenty-two ser- 
mons. Three were received into the church 
by baptism, The church was strengthened 
and they would gladly welcome Bro. liairich 
back aga^""^, so reports Bro, D. M. Wine. 

— Bro. Carl Jehnseu, of the Chippewa 
church, Mich., sends greeting to all God's 
people. The church at that place enjoys 
peace. Bro. Bosserman preaches for them. 
Bro. Katherman, of Ohio, visited them last 
fall and preached in the German language. 

— Sister Mary A. Shively, of Cerro Gordo, 
111., writes, under date of Deo. 21, as follows: 
"We have just closed another short, but in- 
teresting meeting. Bro. Jesse Calvert came 
to us Dec. 10, and remained until the 17tb, 
during which time he preached the Word 
with power. None were added to the church 
but we were greatly revived. We had good 
attendance and good order." 

— Bro. D. A. Hufford, of Kossville, Ind., is 
well pleased with Bro. I. J. Kosenberger's 
article, "The Great Want of the Church" in 
G. M., No. 49. He reports the Pyrmont 
church as making some progress in the Mas- 
ter's cause. Since January 1, 1886, fifteen 
souls have been received into the fold by 
baptism, and a number united by letter. May 
the chnrch still continue to grow in number, 
and also in love! 

— We have the following item from Bro. 
L. E Miller, of the Bremen church, led.: 
"We held our quarterly council Dec. 11th. 
Oije sister was severed from the church. 
Hope she will see the error of her way. On 
Dec. 16, Bro. J, H. Miller preached for us; 
sorry he could not stay longer. Come again, 
Bro. John." Bro. Miller also has some kind 
and encouraging words for the Messenger, 
which are appreciated. 

— Bro. David Lyttle, of the Sugar Eidge 
church, Ohio, writes as follows: "We closed 
a series of meetings on the evening of Deo. 
14. Bro. Wm. Bogge, of Covington, Ohio, 
preached seventeen sermons. A good inter- 
est was manifested. During our meetings 
the weather was fair most of the time. One 
vyas added to the church by baptism and one 
reclaimed. We think many lasting impres- 
sions were made. Bro. Boggs is an able 
preacher, and should be kept more in the 

— Oar Bro. W. W. Folger, of Oaceola, 
Iowa, writes as follows: "Bro. Stephen Yod- 
er came to us Dec. 11, and preached eleven 
interesting sermons, to an attentive congre- 
gation. The weather was inclement most of 
the time, but the order and attendance were 
excellent.. No additions to the church as 
yet, but we trust the good seed sown may, to 
some extent, have its designed effect. We 
are still contending for 'the faith onco deliv- 
ered to the saints,' but meet with much op- 

— Bro. J. E. Miller, of Locke, Ind, sends 
the following item of church news: "Since 
my last writing we enjoyed a week's preach- 
ing by Bro. Eairich, of Michigan. At the 
close of the meetings, one young sister was 
received into the fold. On last Saturday we 
met in quarterly council, and, at our arrival, 
we received the welcome news that another 
penitent was present, who desired baptism. 
The work was attended to immediately. The 
meeting passed off pleasantly, and I believe 
we all went home rejoicing." 

— Bro. G. M. Noah, of Nora Springs, Iowa, 
informs us that Bro. Wm. C. Hipes preached 
three sermons for them recently, much to 
their edification. They have no minister in 
their midst. Brethren Eikenberry and 
Moore preach for them every six weeks. 
They desire to have the brethren, passing 
that way, to stop and give them some meet- 
ings. They have a prayer-meeting every 
Sunday, except the day on which they have 

— Brethren C. D. Hylton and Harvy Wed- 
dle have just closed a joyous little meeting. 
Bro. H. says, "The brethren, two and v. half 
miles south of the Brick church in Flojd 
Co., at a Bchool-house, where sister Sue Bow- 
man is teaching, called for us on the night of 
the lOih inst., and on the 11th Bro. W. came 
to our assistance. We continued only until 
the night of the 12 cb, preaching five sermons. 
God came along and gave us an increase. 
Six deaf young ladies came out on the side 
of Jesus. And Ob, the earnest prayers of- 
fered up by some of them for their uncon- 
verted parents! May God answer those 

— Bro. J. H. Miller writes aa follows: "I 
met the brethren of the Cedar Lake congre- 
gation, Ind., Deo. 8, and held a few meetings. 
On my arrival I found the Eiver Brethren 
near by holding a series of meetings. A thaw 
and rough roads gave us small congregations 
but there seemed to be an awakening, and 
the interest was good. Bro. James Barton 
ia the elder. Brethren Harris Eison, Sam- 
uel Williams and George E oofner constitut- 
ed the ministerial force. The church num- 
bers abnut nicety members, and has been 
built up mostly from the Lutheran, United 
Brethren, and other orders of people; hence 
they do not increase as fast as at other points. 
Bro. Barton eeems like a father to his mem- 
bers. He has a kind word for everybody 
and hence ia much rcBpeoted by the young 
people. The many weddings which he is 
called upon to attend show the respect held 
for him by the young folks. There were no 
additions while I was there, but the outlook 
was good." 

— Bro. Solomon Backlew, of the Sandy 
Creek church, Pa., sends us some good news. 
They commenced a series of meetings Nov. 
13, and closed on the 23rd, with twenty-three 
additions to the church, — fourteen by bap- 
tism and nine reclaimed. "The church has 
had trouble; lost about thirty- three members 
by the different factiouy, but the Lord has 
blessed ua, and now the prospects are good 
for a large ingathering. Bro. Baruthouse, of 
Markleysburg, with Bro. Myers, did the 
preaching at the meeting." Bro. B. closes 
by saying: "I am preaching, more or less, ev- 
ery week. I have beea watching our little 
flock at home the best I could. We are lim- 
ited in this world's goods, without a home of 
our own, eo I had to stay a little closer 
home until I could secure a home for my 
family. I think, if God will bless my labor 
ia the future as he has in the past, I will 
soon be in the missionary work. Brethren, 
I feel my responsibility. May the good 

Jan. 18, 1887. 



Lord be our helper, that we may all fight as 
valiant eoldisrs, and at last get home to heav 



'Write what thou seest— and Bend it unto the churches. 

Treasurer's Report. 

The followiiig ia the report of the General 
Missionary Committee for the quarter end- 
ing Jan. 8, 1887. All money received after 
the above date will appear in the next report. 


Mrs. 8. 0. A., Gonrad Grove, Iowa. . .!i 
Youthful Mission ary Workers, Gov- 

itigtoD, Ohio 

Waddem's Grove church, 111 

Chelsea Randaysohool, 111 

Mound church, Bates Go., Mo 

Abilene church, Kan 

Geo. 8. Bj^eily and wife, Lima, Ohio. 

St. Joseph Yalley church, Ind 

Sister YouDg, Knob Greek ch'h, Tenn. 

Pigeon Creek church, 111 

LogRB chmcb, Logan Co., Ohio 

Mfsrg'iret Seider, Grovertown, Ind . . . 

ofcn Eerner, Longmont, Colo 

Price's Cietii church, O 

ulia A. I'Vame, Lane, Kan 

Mexica church, Miami Co., Ind 

^Hperviile church, 111 

il. E. Stutzman, Kos&town, Tex 

P6>"^ W»goner. 

\. brother, Ghalfants, Ohio 

ilrs. A. C. Barr 

JoUeoted by A. C. Schwenk, Sugar 

Valley, Pa 

Barrick, Byron, 111 

^lex, A. Ovvnly, Decatur City, Iowa. . 
ieo. Banner, Curlew, Wash. Terr'y. . 

(loacow church, Idaho Territory 

fewton churcb, Kan,, from S. E. Cor- 

jpper Stillwater churcb, Ohio 

. brother, Sidney, Nebraska 

1. Walters, Masontown, Pa 

later Grumrine, Masontown, Pa 

Jpper Fall Greek church, Indiana. . . 

D. Lichty, Iowa City, Iowa 

Joviiigton church, Ohio 

ydia Leedy, Andrews, Indiana 

Lacoupin Creek church, Illinois 

orth Manchester social meeting, Ind. 
ieasant View 8. S., Ogle Co., Illinois. 

}dia Miller, Ligouier, Pa 

ewton church, Miami Co., Ohio 

anther Creek church, Iowa 

S. Melzger, Cerro Gordo, Illinois.. 

ummit church, Somerset Co., Pa 

i^est Branch church, Ogle Co., 111., 
eder Creek ch'b, Anderson Co., Kan. 

g Grove churcb, Iowa 

alusa churcb, Idaho and Waeh. Ter. 

aura Shindel, Funketown, Md 

iUedgeville church, Carroll Co., 111. 

ilver Greek churcb, Ohio 

so. A. Moomaw, Northville, Dakota, 
icob Gauby, Garden City, Kansas . . 
. G. Myers and wife, 4028 25th St., 
St. Louis, Missouri 

'i 1 50 

1 20 

27 75 

3 15 

1 75 
3 40 
5 00 
8 71 

2 00 
2 00 

29 40 

1 00 
5 00 

2 50 

5 60 

14 93 

•1 00 


1 00 


6 35 
5 00 
1 01 
1 70 
5 10 

3 60 
15 32 


11 00 

1 00 

20 10 

1 00 

4 00 

5 00 

50 00 

15 00 

10 00 

11 00 
10 18 

3 50 

2 00 
7 00 
1 50 
1 00 

18 25 

16 00 

1 00 

5 00 

Gyrus Bucher's children, Astoria, 111 . 
Geo. V. & Eliza Koller, i;^ew Phila, O. 
Rachel Johnson, Santa Fe, Indiana . . 

May R. Mohler, Clyde, Kansas 

Hudson church, Hudson, Illinois .... 
Panther Creek church, Roanoke, 111 . . 

Lizzie Barndollar, Everett, Pa 

South Bend church, Indiana 

Mahoning church, Ohio 

Spring Greek ch'h, Kosciusko Co., Ind. 

Ludlow church, Darke Co , Ohio 

English River churcb, Iowa 

West Otter Creek church, Illinois 

Hannah Cory, Etna Milie, California. 
Lorimer churcb, Shelby Co., Ohio. . . 

Warriors' Mark churcb. Pa , . 

Elizabeth Grabill, Wefet Earl, Pa 

Sister Gibson's Children's Mission . . . 

Jesse Royer, Holiday, Missouri 

Abram Tome, Cairo, Icwa 

Church of Southern California. . .... 

Daniel Emmert, Mt. Morria, Illinois. 
Peter Wright, North Manchester, Iiid 
Moses Hoover, North Manchester, Ind 
Mart Hoover, North Manchester, Ind 
Kingley's church, Kingley, Iowa., 

J. S. Gabel, Oeeeola, Nebraska 

C. H. Harniey, Chatham, Illinois. . 
Lydia Leedy, Andrews, Indiana. . . 
Lower Twin Valley church, Onio. . 
Mary 0. Wampier, Brown Go., Dak 

Silver Creek churcb, Ogle Co., III.. 

<i It II (1 (( (I 

Lewis Keim and wife, and sister Can- 
field, Kent, Iowa 

Nettle Creek church, Wayne Co,, Ind. 

A sister, Sangersville, Virginia 

Quinter church, Kansas 

Walnut Grove 8. S. Piattsburgh, Mo. 

Sister Robins, Adaline, Illinois 

Sarah Brandt, Trotwood, Ohio 

Pleasant Valley churcb, Indiana 

Loraine church, Illinois 

Louisa Davidson, Cenlerburg, Ohio.. 

William Waltz, Survey, Kansas 

Seneca County churcb, Ohio 

Millmine churcb, Piatt Co., Illinois . . 

Clear Creek church, Huntington Co., 
Indiana, Foreign Mission 

David BowersoXj Ollie, Iowa 

Chiques churcb, Lancaster Co., Pa. . . 

Ozawkie church, Kansas 

M. Hull, Attica, Ohio 

W. H. Slabaugb, Lamar, Missouri. . . 

Eliza Beckner, Ligonier, Pa 

Stanton church, Stark Co., Ohio 

Pine Creek churcb, Ogle Co., Ill 

Mary Wilson, Iowa 

George W. Trone, Astoria, Illinois . . . 

Bremen church, Indiana 

Mary Kinsey, Baldwin, Kansas 

Sally Berkly, Waterloo, Iowa 

Levi Miller, Mexico, Indiana 

Rebecca Miller, Mexico, Indiana 

A friend 

Hickory Grove church, Miami Co., O. 

John M. Kepler, Bloomingburg, Ind . 

Kingman church, Kingman Co., Kan. 

Lost Creek churcb, Juniata Co., Pa.. 

J. V. Baker, Jagger, Ohio 

Blue River church, Whitley Co., Ind . 

Cherry Grove churcb, Lanark, III 

1 05 

10 00 



7 55 

11 00 

6 00 

G 00 

11 00 

2 50 

18 65 

9 80 

2 75 

1 00 

2 40 

6 00 


10 00 


2 00 

5 00 

1 00 

1 00 

1 00 

1 00 

8 25 

8 00 

2 35 

1 00 

4 35 


26 50 

15 14 

1 80 

30 00 


5 35 

5 10 







9 00 

4 20 

5 00 

1 00 

15 00 

6 00 


3 00 

1 00 

5 00 

6 50 

5 00 


1 25 


1 00 

5 00 

5 00 

1 00 

2 50 

1 50 

65 • 

2 35 


9 50 

19 .r^n 

Milledgeville church, Carroll Co, 111. 13 25 

E. R. Weimer, Long Creek, Oregon. . 2 00 

James Km'z, Womelsdorf, Pa 50 

Elizi Flack, Waterloo, Icwa 11 00 

Turkey Creek churcb, Nebraska 2 65 

Yellow Greek church, Pa 9 72 

Jacob Lucas, Mohican churcb, Ohio . . 1 35 

Cornelia Moer, " " " . . 52 

Anna Harman, " " " . . 20 

Wm. McFadden & wife, " " . . 93 

Goon River churcb, Iowa 4 75 

South Beatrice churcb, Nebraska 2 50 

Rachel C. Merchant, La Porte, Ind.. 1 05 

Lamersville church, Blair Co., Pa. ... 5 64 

Bethel church (seven donors), Nebr. 2 75 

Mt. Morria 8. S, Mt. Morris, Illinois. 10 55 

Hannah Farnswortb, Washington, la. 40 

Joseph Holsopple, Hageratown, Ind.. 9 00 

Jos. Dague, Washington churcb, Kan 65 

F. Hanlz, Abilene, kar^as. 3 00 

Jobn Forney, Abilene, Kansas 50 

J. M. Keeny, Port Allegheny, Pa. . . . 1 00 

Liberty ville chu-ch, Iowa 2 00 

Rack River churcb, Lee Cq., Illinois. 44 00 

Silver Creek church. Ogle Co , 111 ... . 3 00 

Baffalo churcb. Union Counly, Pa... 3 31 

Eliaa FouJe, Chili, Indiana 1 00 

South Bend charob, Indiana 4 00 

Lanark churcb, Carroll Co., Illinois. . 12 30 

Henry Trimmer, Mt. Pleasant, Pa .. . 40 

Sarah Stoneruck, Clarence, Iowa 1 00 

Anna Wolfe, Cardicgton, Ohio 1 00 

Henry Balsbangb, Harrisburgb, Pa, . 1 30 

Beaver Run churcb. West Virginia. . . 8 00 

Mrs. D. M. Baughman, Palaeki, Iowa 40 

Mrs. E. J. Hunt, Pomercy, Wash. Ter 5 00 

Lick Creek church, WilliaLas Co., O . . 10 00 

J. Sipe & wife, Glade, Somerset Go ,Pa 5 00 

McPherson churcb, Kansas 2 65 

Woodland churcb, Fulton Co,, 111 ... . 3 40 

Hurricane Creek ch'h. Bond Co., Ill . . 2 00 

Pleas&iii Hill ch'h, Macoupin Co., 111. 5 35 


Florida E J. Ecter, G^rtersville, Va. 60 

Levi Zumbrum, Wolc Lake, Ind 1 00 

Maple Grove Harvest meeting 6 02 

Julia A. Wood, Bremo Bkflf, Virginia 25 

Rock Run church, Goshen, Indiana.. 22 26 

Miami Center church, Indiana 1 70 

Johnstown churcb. Pa 7 40 

George S. Byerly, Lima, Ohio 5 00 

Greenland churcb, Grant Co., W. Va. 10 00 

Morrill cburcb, Kansas 3 20 

Silver Greek church, Ohio 14 59 

G. V. & Eliza Koilar, New Phila, Pa. 10 00 

Spring Greek churcb, Indiana 4 36 

Daniel Emmert, Mt. Morris, Illinois. 1 00 

Verniilliou churcb, Illinois 1 10 

Roann churcb, Indiana 2 50 


J, M. Snyder, Bruederhote to En rope 8 60 00 

Danish and Swedish Miseious 3St 00 

Mission work in Dakota 50 00 

For meeting house in California 100 00 

Daniel Vanimac, traveling expenses. 8 95 
D. L. MiLLEB, Treas. 

Donations for the Poor. 

Mary Hosford, 111 
J. Q. Reed, W. Va 
David Bowersox, la 




Jafl. 18, 1887. 

J. D. TYilkisor, III, - 
AIfir>- Sheets, Ya.. 
Msrii Baer, Pa., 
]8-ac Htnricks, 111., 
Heniy Lilligb, 111., - 
E'izabetli Zook, 111 , 
C. Cbaffirn, Wif., 
Wm. Wallace, la , 
Mary A. Hoofstitler, Pa., 
E. Goughnour, Mont,, 
Daniel ShelLr, la., - 
A. TV. Shafer, 0., 
Mary Hedge, Pa , 
Fanny Fogle, Ird , 
W. H. Gift, li)., 
Maiy E. Martic, la , 
Salem chnrcb, Ore , - 
Powell's Valley cburcb. Ore., 
A brotber. Mo., 
Sophia Pvoee, O., 
H G. Breeee, Kac, - 
Eliza Flock, la., 
Amos Hoover, la., - 
A brother, Lanark, 111., 
E.jjab Umbell, Pr., 
"Wm. Ho'.sicger, Kin.; 
John Leedy, Kar., 
Riley Stump, Mo., 
A sister, Lanark, II'., 
Isaac Xinsey, Ind., 





Raudom Tlioughts. 

Eld. John NaflF, of Pied Oik Grove con- 
gregation, has been \f-ith ns for a while, and 
preached ten sermona at vaiions places. We 
were very sorry the brethren would not let 
him do all his preaching at one point; then 
we could have seen the result of hi.s ardent 
labors, and he would have been relieved of 
traveling through the rain and mud, expos- 
ing his health to meet small congregations. 
So it was. 

We bed the privilege of being at the love- 
feast at lied Oak Grove, on Saturday night, 
2Sov. 13. The weather was quite cpid; hence 
a small turnout, except ministers, of whom 
there were about twenty-one present. We 
enjoyed the feast very much. 

Owing to bad management, the Mountain 
Normal school at this piece failed financially, 
and the result is, now, in a short time, the 
property will be sold by a decree of court, 
anrl, no doubt, ht a great sacrifice. There 
could hr- a good, successful school carried on 
by proper, economical management. The 
Brethren ought to have the school. Will 
some one with means, take hold? 

Sometimes congregitiona get into a do- 
nothing condition. Some will cay our elder 
is old and contentious; he don't do enough, 
or he does too much, and somebody is ready 
to fall out with him for everything. If he 
says a word out of the way about any one, in 
or out of the church, some good( ?) brother 
or sister considers it needful to carry the 
news to the parties and try to stir up their 
"pure minds." Brethren, if our elder is old 
and worn out, pray for him; if he speaks un- 
advisedly, forgive him, bear with and love 
him. By this may all men know that we are 
the children of God, if we love the brethren. 

But if we hate the brethren, and try to kill 
their iitiaerce, by this may all people knosr 
that we are the children of the devil. 

C. D. Hylton. 

An Explanation. 

In G. M. No. 44, page 698, we saw a notice 
of our council-meeting, Oct. 9, from the pen 
of W. E. Deeter, in which he say she dees not 
understand our way of conducting conncil- 
meetinga. We will try to explaiu the cause of 
the trouble. In the first place, we have no 
elder here, and are often dependent on our 
adjoining elders for help. A few weeks pri- 
or to the meeting he alluded to, we held a 
council meeting. Trouble arose that we felt 
unable to settle without the assistance of our 
adjoining elders, therefore the church called 
on three of our adjoining elders to assist us 
in settling the difficulty, and set the time for 
said church meeting. Oa the morning of 
said meeting, only two of those elders were 
able to be present. One of the elders oppos- 
ed the meeting, claiming it to be illegal, be- 
cause not all of our adjoining elders were 
called. We insisted that it was not neceesa- 
rj'. The other elder did not feel disposed to 
go on with the meeting by himself, so it was 
decided to wait for the third elder, who was 
expected at any time, but did not arrive until 
nearly noon, this being the cause of our de- 
lay in opening the council. 

These are the main reasons. Others could 
be given, but, as we do not wish to become 
personal, we will forbear, unless further de- 
velopments will require us to do so. Now, 
we would say to Bro. Deeter, or any one else, 
who has any knowledge of that meeting, that 
if we did not pursue the right course at that 
meeting, it was done ignorantly, and we hope 
some one will give us the rule to work by in 
such circumstances. Had we known the op- 
position in time, we might have avoided it, 
but such was not the case. 

Solomon Nill. 

From Mecliauicsburg-, Pa. 

By request, I will give a short sketch of 
our meetings, held in Mechanicsburg, by our 
elder, Bro. James Qainter, of Huntingdon. 
He commenced meetings on Saturday even- 
ing, Dec. 4, taking for his text Acts 4:19, 20, 
dwelling moetly on, "For we cannot but speak 
the things which we have seen and heard," 
Sunday morning, Mark 6: 24, 25; Sunday ev- 
ening, 1 Pet. 5: 10, 11; Monday evening, John 
13: 17, showing what constitutes the Chris- 
tian's happiness; Tuesday morning, Phil. 1: 
6, "The good work of Christ, and how we 
may forward, it"; Tuesday evening, Gal. 2: 
17, "Being justified by Christ"; Wednesday 
evening, 1 Pet. 4: 15, 16, "Busy-bodies and 
evil doers"; Thursday morning, Eph. 1: 18, 
"The eyes of understanding"; Thursday ev- 
ening, Ps. 90: 14; Friday evening, Rom. 2: 4- 
5; Saturday evening, 1 Cor. 10: 11. Sunday 
morning, at the Mohler meeting-house, at 
the regular appointment, Heb. 12: 15; Sun- 
day evening, Gal. 0: 9. This being the last 
sermon among us, h;^ exhorted the membere 

not to be weary, but to press on in the good 
work, telling us to read the 73rd Psalm. Da- 
vid said, "My steps had well nigh slipped." 
We may become discouraged, but, like Da- 
vid, let US not forget to frequent the sanctu- 
ary of the Lord, for there we may gain 
strength. Let us strive to be more careful, 
though we may err. Wo should repent, and 
try again to live anew. Those who will look 
up the Scripture texts from which Bro. 
Qainter spoke, will find them profitable, and 
afford a broad view. I hope we have not on- 
ly been hearfers of the Word, but doers, and 
that the preached word may be like bread 
oast upon the waters. Leah T. Conbt^y. 

In Memoriani. 

Sister Susannah Etter, wife of Bro. Jacob 
Etter, died in the Falling Spring church. Pa., 
Dec. 18, of heart disease, aged fifty four 
years, ten months and four days. 

She was called from earth to heaven el- 
most in the twinkling of an eye. She leaves 
a husband, who has been deprived of his 
natural sight for the last year, but we be- 
lieve bis spiritual sight is getting brighter, so 
that he, as Paul says, can walk by faith and 
not by light. She also leaves a son and two 
adopted daughters. The daughters are mem- 
bers of the church, but the son and his com- 
panion are living out of the church. Oh, may 
this dispensation of God's providence be the 
meana of bringing them into the service of 
the Master! May the daughtere, our ycung 
sisters, follow the example of their kind 
mother, who had great concern for them, and 
may our dear brother, while he has lost his 
best and nearest friend on earth, find a friend 
in Jesus, who sticketh closer than a brother, 
and when his days on earth are numbered, 
may he meet his loved companion in that up- 
per and better world. Her mortal remains 
were interred in the graveyard at the Falling 
Spring meeting-houee, on the 22ad, Servic- 
es by the home ministry, from Matt. 24: 44, 
to an unusually large concourse of sympa- 
thizing friends and relatives. Peace to her 
aahea! Wm. C. Koontz, 

From Hylton, Va. 

The good work is slowly moving on in this 
part of God'B vineyard. Bro. John Naff 
came to us and preached nine sermons. He 
shunned not to declare the whole trath. 
Come again, Bro. John! Bro. 0. D. Hylton 
was requested to preach at a school-house 
near the Brick church. He preached five 
sermons, and the result was that six came 
out from the ranks of Satan to follow their 
Savior, while others are counting the cost. 
Let us pray that all such may not put it off 
too long. 

On Christmas day and night, the brethren 
held serviceH in the Brick church, and four 
more came out on the Lord's side. These 
were very young in years, and, we believe, 
three of them have mothers in the better 
land. Brethren, go and preach more to the 
unconverted; precious souls are starving ev- 
ery day for the bread of life! 


J an. 18, 1887. 



A few weeks ago we had a little commun- 
ion in our home for the benefit of three old 
sisters in the church and in the flesh, who 
were not able to go to the church. The old- 
est wag eighty-two years of age. Fourteen 
sisters and eleven brethren communed. We 
eojoyed if; so much batier than when there 
are so many people present. "We have often 
wondered why our members do not have more 
such commumouB, eepecially where the mem- 
bers are isolated from the body. 

Nannie A, Habman. 

From I>evereaiix, Jacksou Co., Mich. 

In this part of God's moral heritage there 
are but a few members of the Brethren 
church, and some of these about fifteen miles 
apart. Thirteen years ago Eid. F. P. Loehr 
(now deceased) preached in the township of 
Sheridan, Calhoun Co, joining this township 
on the webt. Daring that year and the year 
following, five were baptized by him. Pre- 
vious to tbia there were, so far as is known to 
the writer, only two members of the Breth- 
ren church in the county of Calhoun. 

Since that time five others have, at differ- 
ent times, united with the church. Of the 
entire number, tv^o have been called from 
time to eternity and two have forsaken the 
ranks, leaving at preaent only eigbi members, 
and these scattered over three townships. 
These members, although nearly forty miles 
distant from tiie main body of the church, 
are under the care of the Sanfield church, of 
Jilalon Co. 

Since Eld. Loomis' labDrs here, there have 
been but few meetings held by the Brethren, 
and these only at long intervals and at differ- 
ent places. Hence the doctrine aa taught by 
the Brethren wae, to a great extent, new and 

We were made to rejoice when two dear 
brethren, namely, Isaac Rairigh, of the 
Thornapple Church, and John M. Smith, of 
the Woodland church, both of this State, came 
to conduct a short series of meetings here. 
They began their labors Saturday evening, 
Dee. 11, and preached, in all, sis sermons, in 
which the Word, in its primitive purity, was 
expounded in an able manner. The meetings 
were held in a school-house; the congregations 
were suot large, owing, in a measure, to the 
daik nights, muddy roads and inclement 

The attention and interest were good, and 
though there were no accessioufs, we feel that 
the labors of the brethren were not in vain. 
We think th>it their preaching has caused 
BODje serious rtfiections, and may we not 
hope that it may prove to be as bread cast 
npon the waters, to be gathered, though it 
may bp», many days hence? 

To my wife and [ it was truly a season of 
refrpsbment, and we feel to thank our Heav- 
enly Father that he put it into the hearts of 
the beloved brethren to thus sacrifice home 
comforts, time and money, to labor in his 
vineyard. Brethren and sisters, you who 
have the privilege of meeting very often with 
m-^ny of like faith to engage in the worship 
of God, pray for the scattered sheep, that 
they, too, may hold out faithful unto death, 

and that we all may be permitted to meet 
around the great white throne where partings 
are no more. Peter B. Messner 

Dec. 19, 1886. 

From Salem, Neb. 

I WISH to inform the brethren and sisters 
that there has been a meeting-house built in 
this little town. Through the untiring efforts 
of sister E. Sampstine, the people of Salem 
donated the lot upon which it is built, and 
also about $100 in cash. She received $100 
from the general mission fand; theScudebak- 
er Brothers sent a buggy, which sold for $110, 
and the members of this congregation raised 
$125 or $130—1 am not positive which. 

I feel it to be my duty to try to help the 
sister in the good work, but could think of 
no other way than to appeal to the genera! 
Brotherhood for aid. Sister Sampstine is 
an honest, upright sister, and an example of 
true Christian piety. I am very sorry to say 
that there are some who do not appreciate her 
Christian qaalitits, therefore she has some 
trials and troubles to undergo. But withal 
she dares to stand firm and unwavering for 
the glorious cause of her blessed Redeemer. 

If some z-aIou3 brother or sister in every 
congregation will take it upon themselves to 
solicit aid for us, the amount will soon be 
raised, and a heavy burden lifted from the 
shoulders of the sister. She needs about 
$400 yet. Just think bow soon that could be 
raised if every congregation would send one 
dollar ! 

Now, dear brethren and sisters, let us all 
help our dear sister in the good work, and 
the Lord will bless us abundantly. This 
needs immediate attention. I hope and 
trust the elders will see that this call is not 
neglected. Pray for us in this part of God's 
vineyard. The desire of every Christian 
should be for the advancement of Christ's 

Bro. E. K. Berkejbile held a series of 
meetings here in Salem. He commenced the 
1st of December and continued until the 10th. 
Tbe immediate result wae that three were 
baptized. We hope they will be faithful un- 
to the end, and receive the crown of right 
eousness which is promised to those who are 
faithful. Maby E Brooks. 

From Marklejsbnrg-, Fayette Co., l*a. 

According to previous arrangements I left 
my home in Garrett Co., Md., Dec. 5, to as- 
sist in holding a series of meetings at the 
Bethel church. I arrived at the Canaan 
school-house, where I preached for the Breth- 
ren on Sunday night. On Monday I started 
for the Bethel church, expecting to meet Bro. 
Myers, of Markleysburg, but, on arriving, I 
was sorry to learn that he had been called 
home on account of the sicknebs of his wife. 
I was left alone, yet not alone, for the Lord 
was with me, to labor for tbe Brethren. . I 
preached for them on Monday evening, and 
continued until Sunday, Dec. 12. 

From here I weut to the Independent 
6chnol-houee, where I preached for the peo- 
ple on Sunday evening, and continued meet- 

ings until Monday evening, Dec 20. Then 
I returned to Bethel; held two more meet- 
ings, then clofied, on eccoimt of hoarseness. 
In all I preached nineteen sermons, baptized 
seventeen and reclaimed two. I must praise 
the people for their exceedingly good order, 
during the entire meetings. I reached my 
home on Saturday, Dec 25, and was truly 
thankful to find all well. 

Jasper Barnthouse. 

From Dry Fork CburcL, Mo. 

Through the kind providence of our heav- 
enly Father, I had the happy privilege of 
meeting with the Father's children at the 
Dry Fork church, Jasper Co., Mo., in a com- 
munion season, on Christmas evening. The 
assemblage of members was small, but was 
characterized with Christian love and affec- 
tion. A large crowd of spectators was pres- 
ent, who condaeted themselves very orderly. 
We hsd a good meeting- We remained, and 
met v;iih them in worship until Tueisday ev- 
ening. Dee. 29, when duty called us home. 
This church is under the care of Bro. Wm. 
Harvey, assisted by Bro. Wine. The mem- 
bers there have buiit a very commodious, lit- 
tle meeting bouse, where they can now con- 
gregate more frequently, J. J. Troxel. 

Grangeville, Mo. 

Annual Meetinif Notice. 

Many are asking in regard to the safety of 
leaving things in the tents that will be used 
at A. M., such as bedding, etc. First, the 
tents are closed on ail sides, but not locked. 
The State Sunday-school Assembly, which 
meets at the same place every year, use sim- 
ilar tents. Their Secretary says everything 
will be safe, as the whole ground will be un- 
der the protection of the City Police. Sec- 
ond, Yes, the tents are waterproof. All who 
want tents will please send their dollar to 
the undersigned by March 1, as it will be 
necessary for the Committee to know at that 
time what further arrangements to make for 
sleeping purposes. Isaac H. Crist, Sec. 

Olathe, Kan. 

From Rodney, Micli. 

The brethren and sisters of the Chippewa 
church were much edified by our brethren 
Geo. E. Stone and Main Sherik, who met 
with us Dec. 25, and preached until Jan. 1. 
Good attention was paid to the word, which 
was held forth with power. Many good and 
lasting impressions were made, and some 
were almost persuaded. The brethren and 
sisters were also much encouraged and built 
up. We hope and trust, God will help our 
dear brethren to encourage many more in 
this good cause; also bring many more to the 
precious side of Jesus. We are but a small 
band of followers here, — sixteen in number. 
We desire many to join in with us, and for 
this cause we a^k all our kind brethren to 
come again. We think the Lord will '•eward 
them for what they have done for us. May 
they not only be rewarded in this life, but 
also in tbe life to come! 

Lena C. Holswarth. 



Jan. 18. 1887. 

To tbe Brethren of the Southern District 
of Iiiduinn. 

I ^yILL say to the churches that the A. P. 
H. Bnd O. A. have been completed, and the 
last payment was doe Dec. 25, 1SS6. All 
churches that know themselves to be indebt- 
ed on subscription, will at once make the 
collection and send it to the Treasurer, Jas. 
M. Wyatt, Hagerstown, lud. We cannot 
carry this debt, and we feel that each church 
should respond at once, and not put us to 
the trouble of making another call, outside 
of this subscription. The Home has fo be 
furnished, and we have made a demand for 
such purpose. Ooly a few churches have re- 
sponded, bat they did noblj'-, and we learn of 
more that are nearly ready. We hop9 each 
church will appoint a soliciting committee, 
and put it- to work. We recommend the 
sppointiLg cf sisters, if possible, to collect 
articles and money, and send it to John Mc- 
Carty, Supt , Honey Creek, lud. I will en- 
umerate a few articles that would be accept- 
able: Cash, feather beds, straw ticks, bolsters, 
pillows, comfortables, blankets, qailte, sheets 
and such other articles as will be useful. We 
thirk this is the best plan to furnish the 
Home, thus giving all a chance to do some- 
thing to make the Home a comfortable place. 
It will save ua a great deal of trouble, and 
keep a big expenhe from accumulating en 
the Home. Information will be cheerfully 
given, by addressing the writer. 

By ordf-r of the Board, 

J. W. Yost, Sec. 

Sulphur Springs, Ind 

"Wayside Gleaning^.s, 

Wf, the Ka&kaekia church, II!., held our 
first quBrterJy council Ncv. 27th, 1886, and 
everything passed off ia the fear of the 
Lord. The church decided to make an ef- 
fort to build a plain house of worship, in tho 
near future. Oar dear Eld. H. Lilligh was 
present, and did some acceptable preaching 
over Sunday. We have three regular 
meetings each month, and from two to four 
special appointments each month. 

The first additions to the church since our 
organization, occurred the third Lord's day 
of this month, when a husband and wife 
became tired of sin and disobedienc-'-, and 
resolved to serve the Lord in all of his ap- 
pointed ways. Some ten inches of ice were cut, 
and, at their request, both husband and wife 
stepped boldly down into their liquid grave 
at one time, and there remained until each 
onehadmade thesolemn vow and was "buried 
by baptism into death," and rose to walk in 
newness of life, and I need hardly say there 
was rejoicing among the saints on earth 
when those dear ones left the ice-cold water, 
to try the realities of the Christian race. 

We mot in special council Dec. the 25th, 
and although our elder was absent, and I 
for one was much disapDointed, yet every- 
thing moved along in harmony. We have 
two prayer-meetings each week at present. 
We would be very glad to have some good 
brethren labor for us in the Lord here, as 
we need it. G. Nevinger. 

Beecher Ciiy, Effingham Co., III. 

Fragments from the AJahoning- Church, 

The Mahoning church has been working 
peacefully in the ordinary way during the 
past year. Services held regulary every two 
weeks at our Bethel, and Zion Hill houses 
of worship. 

We have Sunday-school at the Bethel 
house during the summer, and, owing to a 
want of attendance and interest, closed on 
November 14th, last. The Sunday-echool 
at Zion Hili, is held regularly every two 
weeks during tbe year. 

Our communion meeting was held on the 
IGfch of Oatober last. A choice for two 
deacons lesulted as follows: Amos Harold, 
and Simeon Longaneoker. Brethren Eld. 
C. Kahler, N. Locganecker and S. Sprankel 
were present The meetings were pleasant 
and profitable. Oa Saturday, Nov. 27th, Bro. 
Stuckman, from Nappanee, Ind., came to 
Columbiana, and preached at the Zion Hill 
house on Sunday, and, after the funeral of 
our aged sister Myers, which took place 
on Monday, he continued a series of meet- 
ings at the Bethel house one week, with five 
applicants, and, we hope, others near the 

On the 11th inst.. Eld. Ed. Loomis com- 
menced a series of meetings at Zion Hill, and 
continued fifteen days. The church was 
edified, ana we hope that not many days 
hence we may see some precious fruit of 
his earnest labors. Daring the year, two of 
our aged sisters, one middlo-aged, and one 
young sister, departed this life. 

J. H. Kurtz. 


To the Elders of ike North-eastern District of 

Whebeas, at the last District Meet- 
ing, it was decided that the "Home Mirsion 
Board" should see that the Bristolviile and 
Lake Shore churches be supplied with 
preaching, and as Bro. D. N. Workman has 
the oversight of those churches, it is left in 
hia hands to send a suitable minister into 
those churches, about once a month. In do- 
ing thus, the funds in the treasury have been ex- 
hauated, and it is necessary to have the treas- 
ury replenished at once. We hope that the 
churches having contributed nothing, since 
last District Meeting, will respond at an ear- 
ly day. It was also decided that the several 
churches assist the Lake Shore church in 
building a meetinghouse, but a very few 
churches have, as yet, reported. We wish to 
have all the churches in the District to re- 
port (who have not done eo already), the 
amount they are willing to contribute. If 
any church refuses to give something, please 
report so, as it is time that the Brethren of 
Lake Shore know what they can depend upon. 
Money for the meeting-house need not be 
paid until needed, but should be reported to 
the undersigned. All Home Mission money 
ia to be sent to the Treasurer, Bro. Reuben 
Backwalter, Orrville, Wayne Co, Ohio. 

Jacob Mishler, Sec. 
Mogadore, O. 

Special Notice. 

Mr. J. M. Powell, of Polo, III, has resign- 
ed his position as Passenger Agent of the 
Pennsylvania Liaes, and there will be no one 
appointed to fill his place. Those desiring 
information relative to a trip to any point 
east or south of Chicago, via the Pennsylva- 
nia Lines, can procure full aijd complete in- 
formation of any regular railroad ticket agent, 
of whom tickets can be procured at all times 
at the lowest current rate. ■ 

Mr. Joseph Van Dusen, Traveling Passen- 
ger Agent, Pennsylvania Lines (whose ad- 
dres is 65 Clark St , Chicago), will visit Polo, 
Mt. Morris, etc., frequently, and will be 
pleased to assist in every possible manner 
any one anticipating a trip, and desiring tick- 

We would commend our friends generally 
to the Pennsylvania Lines via Chicago, and 
will state that tickets can be purchased of 
any western ticket agent, through to destina- 
tion, as cheaply as if local tickets were pur- 
chased to Chicago, and other tickets purehag- 
ed at Chicago from there to destination. 

Eor further particulars address 

C. W. Adams, 
Ass't G. P. A. 
No. 65 Clark St., Chicago, III. 


SHA.FER-SHORT.— At the residence of Samuel P. 
Zimmerman, Sept. 12, Bro. Cornelius Shafer and sisr 
ter Maggie E Short, both of Somerset Co., Pa. - — 

DIETZ— BLOUUH —At the same place, Dec. 26, Bro. 
.John F. Dietz and sister Jemima E. Blough, both of 
Somerset Co , Pa. 

TURNER-MiLLER.-Atthe residence of the bride's 
parents. Eld. D. M Miller, Dec. 28, by the under- 
signed, Mr. Silas E Turner and sister Anna Alice Mil- 
ler, both of Lanark, III. S. .T. Habrison. 

MANGLE— HARVEY.— At the residence of the bride, 
Dec. 1. by S. A. Moon^, Mr. .Joseph Mungle and Miss 
Mary Haivey. 

SMITH— STEEL.— At Stonestowo, D.^c. 2-3 by the 
same, Mr. Samuel Smith and sister Mary E Steel. 

MILLER— BATZEL.— At the residenc- of .J. B. Dilling, 
Dec. 26, Mr. Robert Miller and Miss Susan Batzel, all 
of Bedford Co., P.u G. H. Dclung. 


'Bleseed are tho deaii which die in the Lord 

GANGER.— Nov. 25, Polly, wife of Jacob B. Ganger, 
aged 72 years, 9 months and 6 days. She was bom 
in Montgomery Co , Ohio She leaves a husband and 
four children to mourn their los;. She was a faithful 
member for 4-5 years, and died in the triumnh of a 
living faith. Services l)y Alex inder Miller and John 

MIDDLEKAUFF.— At Deep River, Iowa, Dec 2.3, Bro. 

Samuel W. Middlekauff, aged 19 yeais, fi months and 

1 day. 
He was born in Ogle Co , III , June 22. 1867. Some 
time in May last he was taken witli hemorrhage of tbe 
lungs, and sank rapidly until death relieved lum of bis 
sufferings. He was baptized Aug. 29, 1886. After 
that time the Word of the Lord was his great delight. 
He read and studied the Bible with much earnestness. 
He bore his illness with Christian fortitude, and died 
with a bright hope of heaven and eternal glory. Servic- 
es by Eld. J. S. Snydf^r, assisted by the writer, from Job 
14:14. G. W. HopwoOD. 


Jan. 18, 1887. 



MILLER— In the Cook's Creek church, Va., Aug. 2G, 
sister Susannah Miller, aged 62 years, 2 months and 7 
She was indeed a devoted mother in the family and 
church; kind and affectionate in her disposition, one 
who had great concern for the welfare of all, ever ready 
to give time, attention and funds for the upbuilding of 
God's church. With such marked attention did she lis- 
ten to the preaching of God's word, that often, whilst 
thus engaged, did we, by a glance at the bright, shining 
countenance, feel encouraged to press forward. From 
an affection of the heart she was stricken down, and, afcer 
a few days of pain and suffering, she died. Death came 
very sudden to the family with whom she livtd. We 
hope our loss is her eternal gain. P. S. Milleu. 

CLINS — In the bounds of the Adair church, Iowa, Dec. 
► 29, of consumption, friend James Cline, aged 62 years, 
2 months and 2 days. He leaves a wife and eleven 
children; also thirteen grandchildren to mourn their 
loss. He requested tbat no funeral sermon should be 
preached at his death, but if the family saw fit to have 
singing and prayer they could do so. Tbe writer was 
requested to officiate thus far. M. Hkbman, 

WARNER —In the Eldorado church. Cedar Co., Mo., 
Oct 21, sister Sallie, wife of friend Jacob Warner, 
aged 73 years, 2 months and 18 d.iys. She leaves a 
husband and nine children to mourn their loss, five 
chddren having preceded har. Services by the writer, 
assisted by Wni. Crabtree, from Job 14: 10 

T. J. Allen. 

D;SH0NG —In the Richland church, Richland Co , 0., 
Dec. 14, of lui3g trouble, Bro. Morris Dishong, aged 
43 years, 5 months and 3 diys. He leaves a cooipan- 
ion, one son and two daughters to mourn their loss. 
Services by E'd. Wm. Murray, from. Rev. 14: 12, 13. 

IzAMBA. E. Wolfe. 

WELLS. — In the Coventry church, near Pottstown, Pa , 
Nov. 9, sister E<th(r, wife of Bro. Jacob Wells, who 
died twenty-three years ago, aged 78 years. She was 
a member of the church for sixty-three year.". Five 
sons and four daughters survive her. Services by 
eiders J. P. Betric and John Harley, of the Brethren 
church, and Rev. G. W. Gehrett, of M. E. church. 

John T. Eisenbhrg. 

HARSHMAN.— Tn the Belleville church, Frederick Co., 
Md., Dec 15, Bro- Gforge, son of Christian Harsh- 
»^ rain, dec^^sed, aged 61 year*, 1 month and 1 day. 
Without scarcely a moment's warnmg apoplexy came 
upon him, and :>.lmost alone. He leaves a wife and 
six children, three of whom are married, to mourn 
their loss. S^^r^ices by the Brethren, from the words, 
"I say unto all, Watch." S. N. McCann. 

DILLINGHAM.— In the bounds of the Thornapple dis- 
trict, Ionia Co., Mich., Dec. 23, of heart disease, Syl- 
vanus Dillingham, aged 22 year.=, 9 months and 19 
days. Mr. Dillirgham retired in the evening as weli 
as usual. Begot up at about 11:30 P.M. to build 
the fire, aad then went to bed again. In a few min- 
utes he was a corpse. He leaves a yountr wife and 
many friends to mourn tbeir loss. S'^rvices by Rev. 
Tsaac Mourer and the writer, lo an unusually large 
congregation. J. G. Winry. 

SNELL.— In the Eel River church, Ind., Dfc. 21, Levi 
Milton, son of Levi and Mary Snell, aged 1 r-nonth and 
25 days. Services by Bro. Samuel Leckrone and Wm. 
F. Neal,from2 Kings 4: 26. 

Emmanuri, Lkckronp. 

SWOVERLAND.— Tn tie Loudonville church, 0., Dec. 
22. sister Barbara Swoverland, aged 84 years, 9 
"^"^ months and 2 days. Her descendants are 13 children, 
85 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren, most of 
whom are still living, to mourn their loss. Services by 
the writer, from 1 The'S. 4: 13. 

David Bbubaker. 

PFOUrZ —In the Tulppfaocken church, Lebanon Co., Pa., 

Aug. 12, I'>ro. Amos Ploutz, father-in-law of the writer 

by iris second wife, aged 64 years, 9 months and 26 

^ days. He had a stroke of apophxy at 8 A. M., and 

by 4 P. M. he was a coi-pse. 

DOUBLE — In the same church. Doc. 25, sister Priscilla, 
daughter of the above, and wife of Bro. Joel Doulde. 
f!g.°d 41 years, 6 months and 24 days. She leaves a 
husband and eight children to mourn their loss. Oh, 
may they turn to the Lord in the days of their youth. 

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sensational and trashy papers, parents are often at a loss 
where to look for just such a paper as they can safely 
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The Young Disciple. 

The youNG Disciple is a neatly printed weekly, published 
eepecially for the moral benetit and religious inetimction of 
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gradually growing in favor among our people. As the r''ice is 
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you may have no trouble in getting the change, we w ill send it 
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T.'»e /yffir and Sabbath— The Gospel and L,ord's 

Day. — Why I Quit Keeping the Jewish Sabbath. The 
author of this pamphlet was once led to observe the Saturday 
Sabbath, but has since, after a Bible examination, renounced 
It 68 BE error. Ample proof against keeping the Jewish 
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Jan. 18, 1887 , 


Ou lookirg ever the Sapple- 
ment we discover sn error msde 
by U3. In stating prices c£ our 
Eemedies it shoQid read: Retail 
price, per package, ?^1.00, or sis 
packages for $o 00. and 25 cents 
per box of Piils. Sent by mail 
prepaid, to any part of the Unit- 
ed States 

Oellig a- Klefsee, 

Woodbury, Pa. 

Winter Tour.s over the Penu- 
sylvauia Railroad. 

PCBsrvST to the arnaal custom the Pecn- 
f ylracia Railroad Company placed on sale at 
i:o offices. Norember 1st, a s:ojk of vrinter ex- 
carsion tickets to all the prominent winter re- 
sorts of New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, other 
prominent points in the Southern States, and 
to Harana. Theee tickets are sold at reduced 
rates, in consideration of which they are re- 
■luired to be need on the sjnth-bound trip 
within fifteen days from the date of purchase 
as stamped on the back, and for the return 
trip prior to SI>.y 31=t, :>>7. Stop-off is per- 
mitted at any point nam^i oa the ticket, and 
itthetoarist desires to break the journey at 
any other point, he should apply to the con- 
ductor of the train or purser of the boat, ■nho 
will grant the permission by issuing stop- 
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These tickets corer almost every Southern 
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Through buffet and sleepirg cars lun between 
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Washington, and Virginia and Florida points, 
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without interrupting his journey, except at 
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For farther and detailed info! niation. apply 
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Sates— Per Inch each Insertion! 

One time or more $150 

One month (4 timee) ,1 30 

Thre« months f 12 timee) 1 20 

Six oionlhfc (2.5 times) 1 00 

One yaar (SO times) 70 

NoadTertisement accepted fur lees than 1 00 

igr" \o Ctitu inserted anless \TA Pica 
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like the farmers that have not nsei our Phos- 
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Harrisburg, 1: 00; and arrives in Philadelphia 
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The western extension of this road has just 
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Tracts on the SablDath I 

t^"To iniuisters, tiaveling from place 
to place, and tx) others, livinffiacomtnun- 
ities flooded by Sabbatarian literature, wc 
will furnish "Why I Quit Keeping the 
Jewif-h .S.ibbath," 


That i.s, put up in package.^ of 20 copies 
each, for $2 00. This tract contains 
MANT arguments which SabVjatarians can 
NEVER AKSWER. Address Brethren's 
Publi.shinp Co , menticning "special of 

J^^Ihose who have bad the privilege 
of examining Bro. Hopkins' work on the 
Sabbath, p.onounce it fxcellent, and wor- 
thy of a careful pemaal. 


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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 28, 1887. 

No. 4. 


H. B. BBUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And BufliuesB Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa . 

If you want good and cheap family and hand 
Bibles, send your orders to us. We are prepared 
to send you as good and cheap Bibles as can be 
had anywhere. 

Bro. a. E. Millee, of Bridgewater, Va., says 
that they have decided to hold a series of meetings 
in the near f uture^tliat the cause of the Master 
is moving along Cmoothly, and that the church 
there is in peace. 

With the exception of a few days, we have had 
a continued winter since Thanksgiving Day. — 
Though we have had only an inch or two of snow 
at a time, the roads have been in a fine condition, 
and sleighing, part of the time, excellent. 

Bro. S. R. Zug, of Mastersonville, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., informs us that they expect to commence a 
series of meetings at Green Tree, about three 
miles east of Elizabethtown, Jan. 29, and Bro. A. 
Hutchison is expected at Chiques the latter part of 

The following query has been sent us for an an- 
swer: "Has any State District authority to send 
more than one representative on the Standing 
Committee y" We know of no such authority. 
Une delegate from each District is what the pres- 
ent plan calls for. 

On account of an unusual rush of job work in 
our bindery, we failed in keeping up our usual 
stock of Hymn Books and Hymnals, and were not 
able to fill orders as they came in. But we are now 
on our own work, and, by the time this is printed, 
will be able to fill all orders. 

Eld. D. B. Arnold says that the Mkssenger, 
during the last year, has been so good that he does 
not see how any family of the Brotherhood can do 
without it. We are receiving an unusual nunober 
of letters of this kind, and it greatly encourages us 
to learn that our weak efforts to edit an accepta- 
ble church paper are being appreciated. 

The subscription list to the Yoiujg Disciple is 
growing quite encouragingly. This is as it should 
be. It should go into every home in the Brother- 
hood, where there are children. We are trying to 
arrange that more attention can be given to the 
editorial work on it during the present year. We 
want to make it worthy of the liberal patronage 
that we hope our brethren and sisters will give it. 

Eld. Jacob Steel, of Hopewell, Pa., says that 
he has a sister, who is a member of the church, 
living with her son-in-law, Daniel Darlin, at Clare- 
mont, Fayette Co., Iowa, and wishes that the Mis- 
sionary Committee would give her some attention, 
as she has been living there a number of years, 
without having any preaching. lie says that her 
son-in-law is a friend to the Brethren, and will 
make any of our ministers, who may go there, wel- 
come. Through the kindness of Eld. Steel, he is 
getting the Gospel Messenger, which, we hope, 
to him, will prove to be a message of truth, to pre- 
pare the way for the living messages that may 

It looks now as if the "Old Folks' Home" will 
be located in Huntingdon, and that our broQier, D. 
Emmert, will have to be a strong spoke in the 
wheel. It was first thought that a home of this 
kind should be in the country, but past experience 
shows that towns and cities are the better places 
for them, as they afford better conveniences than 
can be had in the country. Much, indeed almost 
everything, df pends on the management. Without 
this the move cannot be a success, and until we 
can get this no move will be made. 

On Jan. II, we were called to preach the funeral 
of our aged brother, Samuel Goodman. After a 
short illness he passed away, at the advanced age 
of seventy-four years, six months and twenty-sev- 
en days. He died as he lived, in an uncompromis- 
ing faith in Christ and his word. The family con- 
sisted of ten members, of whom five have now 
passed over the Jordan. Of the living there re- 
main here in the East, David, in the Warrior's 
Mark congregation, Daniel, in this place, and a 
sister in Mill Creek, all in this county. The other 
two, James and John, reside in Illinois. 

The James Creek Brethren expect to commence 
a series of meetings on the 22nd iust., and the 
Brethren at Spring Pun, near McVeytown, on the 
29th. We wish them good and successfMl meet- 
ings. Every church throughout the Brotherhood 
should make some extra efforts in work of this 
kind, as great good may result therefrom. The 
churches need it for the encourogement of their 
own members, as well as for the conversion of 
sinners. Xo effort should be left untried to save 
men and women from sin and perdition. 

The Dai/ Siar and News, of Mt. Joy, Pa., has had 
its columns open for some time for the discussion 
of the subject of baptism, and other religious sub- 
jects. Among other things we notice an article 
on "Baptismal Pegeneration," which the writer 
claims is a dogma of the first apostolic church, out 
of which grew the erroneous doctrine of infant 
baptism. Among a large list of churches, that 
hold this doctrine, he classes our own. To this 
charge we plead, not guilt.v, as we believe no such 
thing. On this subject there is no small amount 
of ignorance displayed, and it would be a great 
credit, to those who do not understand it, to give 
vent to their wisdom in elucidating subjects tliat 
are less intricate. Much of our misrepresentation 
grows out of the loose manner in which our be- 
lief is given to the world. 


Dear Sister: — 

Your letter received and contents noted. 
Had you given me your full name and address, I 
would have been pleased to have corresponded 
with you personally. But, as you wish me to an- 
swer your request through the Messenger, I will 
do so. I was pleased to learn that you made the 
good choice, and that you felt so happy after your 
baptism. To be liberated from the power of sin 
and made free, is enough to make any oiie rejoice. 
But you must not forget that after the Master's 
baptism followed the wilderness and the tempta- 
tion. Such must be our experience, more or less. 
The devil does not come to us in the same wa}', 
nor are our temptations similar, but they come 
nevertheless. They meet us in various ways, and 

fall across our pathway as hinderauces. You say 
when your parents heard of your uniting with the 
church, they were displeased and opposed you. 
This opposition meets you as a hinderance, but 
should not discourage you, as the promise is, if 
you forsake father and mother, brothers and sis- 
ters, for Christ's sake, you shall receive mere in 
this life and eternal life in the world to come. If 
you remain true to the noble profession you have 
made, and love God v/itli all your heart, these op- 
positions will gradually give way. So will your 
hours of gloom and darkness. True religion is 
more than a matter of feeling. It means work, 
sacrifice and perseverance. Do all this for Christ, 
^and the joy of your first love will return in all its 
fullness. Good feelings grow out of our conscious- 
ness of right doing. 

I am glad that you received so much encourage- 
ment from reading the Gospel Messenger, and f 
the resolution you made, that you will continue in 
the way you commenced, no matter what comes, 
was a good one. Determination is the great secret 
of success in the Christian life. This is what Paul 
meant when he said, "This one thing I do; forget- 
ting the things which are behind and reaching 
forth unto those things which are before, I ^^res.s- 
toward the mark for the prize." The prize that 
Paul wanted was salvation and eternal life, and as 
that was to be attsnied in its fulness at the end of 
the race, he knew that nothing short of determina- 
tion and continuance to the end would give it to 
him. And as the same prize may be ours, we 
must labor for it in the same way. 

Your change of feeling from peace, joy and 
singing, to unrest and fear, is not an uncommon 
one, and there are different causes for it. Our 
physical health, when in a bad condition, frequent- 
ly depresses the mind as well as the body, while 
good health gives life and joy. Then, the ups and 
downs in life affect our spiritual peace. Good 
news gladdens the heart, while bad, brings its de- 
pressions and burdens. In life we must expect 
our days of clouds as well as sunshine, our bitter 
as well as the sweet. But in all these let Christ be 
our all in all. These changes, if we accept them 
in the right spirit, are all for our good, and give 
us experiences that we could not otherwise enjoy. 
Our sweets are made all the sweeter by tasting of 
the bitter. Had we no pains, we would not appre- 
ciate health, and had we no hours of depressions, 
we would not know what it is to bask in the 
sweetness and fullness of God's love. 

The spirit of peace and joy is sometimes witli- 
drawn, that we may be made sensible of our entire 
emptiness without it. Let not these things troub- 
le you. They come not from sins unforgiven, but 
that you may learn more fully your need of divine 
grace. In all your hours of sadness of soul, the 
Master is not far away, but near— only down in 
the lower part of the ship sleeping. Call upon 
him— awake him, and most gladly will he say to 
the turbulent waters of the scul, "Peace, be still," 
and the calm will follow. Turn your feet deter- 
minedly to the truth, lean trustingly on the strong 
arm, and go forward in the good work in which 
you have enlisted,- be a good soldier of Jesus 
Christ, and in this life you have the tenfold prom- 
ise and the victor's crown iu the end. 

Hoping that the few suggestions that I have 
given you may, in some way, afford you light and 
encouragement, and strengthen you in the deter- 
mination of going forward, I am truly your well 
wisher for the better life. 



The gospei^ messknger. 

Jan. 25, 1887. 

IE] S 3 ,^t^ ■ i;: 

Stniiy to show thyself spprored nuto God. a workman that 

needech not be asr.smed, riehily diTidicg the 

Word of Truth. 



What do we leave to our beloved? 
A little Gold, all stained -with teais, 
And gained with toil of bitter year?, 
And kept with constant care and Itars — 

A HoDx, whose every room dotli know 
The sounds of mortal pain and wee; 
Where death hath freedom to and fic — 

Some pleasant Acn-.<. wLeie with toll 
Bright flowers will beautify the soil; 
To be of frost and storm the spoil — 

And with it a"l, perchance, a XanK, 
High written in the roll of Fame; 
Wnich our descendants soil and ttain — 

A common Grave, which none may shun, 
The end of all — the eaii.hly sura 
Of all that's done beneath the sun. 

What did Christ leave to his beloved? 
His iron?, the surest, plainest guide; 
His ceitain Promise to provide 
For every want that can betide — 

The sweetness of his Love untold. 
That nothing gocd can e'er withhold, 
And in his heart our griefs doth fold — 

His recce, an angel nnconfessed, 
That broodeth o'er the troubled breast 
Tdl all is tranquil, calm, and rest — 

The Coiii/orfer, who stills our sighs, 
And wipfjs the tears from weeping eyes. 
And whispers hopes of Paradise — 

Tae parting icorels at Bethany, 

The Blessing and the verity 

Of •"Where I am, there shall ye be." 

sweetest CnrlstI Hear thou my prayer, 
T'f Legacy so grand and fair 
Make me Inheritor and Heir. 



What means this rejoicing in the camp of 
Israel? TVhat kind of news is this I hear? 
Why, from the old city of Brotherly Love, to 
far off California, come the joyful tidings of 
sinner's homeward fi ght. Every number of 
the good old Me.S3ENGEB comes laden with 
the good news. 

Who would not rejoice? Even the angels 
in heaven are shouting, "Glory to God in the 
highest, on earth peace, good will to men," 
83 the news reaches the New Jerusalem. 
Bat what does it mean? It meane, that 
God's spirit is at work among his peoi>le. 
It means that His self-sacrificing embassa- 
dors are in the harvest field, laboring manful- 
ly for the garnering of the golden sheaves. 
It means, that they have left the comforts 
C ?j of home to endure the storms ^nd snows 
of winter, that they might fill their high and 
holy calling. It means that they are will- 
ing to go and <5pend and be spent for the 
Master, even though their family may be in 
vxmt for the necessaries of life, saying noth- 
ing of its comforis. It means that the min- 
ister's wife is at home praying for her hus- 
band's sttccesa, and for his safe return, while 
Bhe is attending to her now two-fold duties. 

It means that he, the preacher, is laying up 
treasures in heaven "Where moth does not 
corrupt, and where thieves do not break 
through nor steal." 

Does it mean no more? Yes, it means 
God is with the minister at least, and that 
he will also be with the laity, if they pray 
earnestly, labor zealously, and speak en- 
couragingly of the work. Speak encourag- 
gingly — how? By icord and deed. 

If the preacher has come to you, and is 
laboring for your edification, and your chil- 
dren's redemption in a spiritual sense* is it 
not our duty to give him some of our dollars 
and cents? If we do this, then we can bid 
him a hearty God blesa you, when he leaves 
us. We fondly and prayerfully hope that 
the good work, so zealously begun, may not 
cease for wantof this kind of encouragement, 
on the part of the laity. 

I do not write from experience, but 
simply from observation. Sorely, a good 
work is going on in the church, and every- 
one should be glad to give some of the 
Lord's morey for the Lord's work. 

Gale, Kansas. 



Upon a cold winter's evening not long since, 
I was asked by a stranger for ja ride with 
me, and, upon his seating himself beside me, 
I saw that he was intoxicated. He was 
talkative, and the subject of religion his 
theme. He said, time and again : "I know 
I have a good heart in me," and the thought 
of a good heart in a drunken man has, since 
then, impressed me very much. 

No doubt the poor fellow thought he 
possessed a good heart, and felt that although 
he made hia mistakes, as he confessed to me, 
yet he was comforted with the thought, that 
his heart was good. He felt that he was 
sound at the core. 

And is not this the blinding, devilish 
light that is leading the masses down to 
ruin and banishment? The skeptic admits 
hia wrongs, but thinks his heart is good. 
The swearer allows hia blunders are fre- 
quent, bat will have it, that his heart is 
sound. The liar makes his confessions daily, 
but says, he knows he has a good heart. 
The drunkards all say, that their hearts are 
good. The covetous neighbor will have it, 
that his is the only good heart in the neigh- 
borhood. The hypocrite, always claims a 
good heart, for it has been tested. The moral 
man, without an exception, knows his heart 
is all right, because he would not be guilty 
of the wrongs committed by professing peo- 

And among the multitudes blinded by the 
lusts, vanities and fashions of a sin-darkened 
world, but few, if any, have admitted that 
their hearts are not good — all will have it 
that their hearts are pure and good. And 
so with all the varieties and forms of sin, 
from Adam's day down to the present, no 
one sin, or all the masses of sin combined, 
have been sufficient to affect the heart of 

man in his natural state, even enough for 
him to admit, that his heart is not good. 
He cannot allow thiit his has been a total 
wreck, both of head and heart. 

No, the thought is offensive to him, and 
he will not, and cannot, as he thinks, allow 
it for a moment. Poor, deluded mortal! 
How complete the deception into which our 
race has fallen ! Man has been so fully de- 
ceived, as to believe his heart to be a citadel ; 
so safe and strong, that into it no enemy 
can come, and with this thought, has flatter- 
ed himself with peace and safety till he 
stumbles into eternity and ruin. He lives 
and dies with the thought, that he is both 
safe and free, because he has ag he thinks, a 
good heart, and the poor, blinded soul does not 
see that Satan has long since taken up his 
headquarters right in the heart, thought to 
be so good, and there, perhaps for years, has 
assumed the power supreme over both thought 
and deed. 

What delusion could b^ greater? Can 
there be any deception more complete, than 
to have a man believe that his heart is pure 
and good, when all the while it is the fountain 
polluted by sin, and sending forth a stream 
of lust, a torrent of sin? How easy here to 
obtain the thought of the old prophet, when 
he declares that: "The heart is deceitful 
above all things, and deaperatsly wicked; 
who can know it?" Jer. 17: 9, And how 
can it be otherwiee, than that men be de- 
ceived, and blinded as to his real condition 
and as to hia future, v/hen he is flittered, 
like the poor drunkard, to believe that his 
heart is a good one, and when he is not at all 
aware that its sole occupant is the prince of 
devils, the one who is a rebel, and a was liar 
from the beginning? 

The poor drunkard flattered himself that 
he was safe, because the ruin was not com- 
plete ; hia heart was yet good, and he felt reform 
was possible. He felt he had both tima and 
opportunity for reform as he intended, and 
these chances, with a good heart to begin 
with, would make the victory easy and ef- 
fectual. Kmae he, with ths mass of sinners, 
put off his return to God, for he felt 
he was not so far away, and his return would 
be ea«iy. And this thought of an easy vic- 
tory, and return to the Father's house, 
makes many delay until their day is gone, 
and they are not saved — are lost, lost, for- 
ever lost. 



Is there such a character as a "poor Chris- 
tian?" In our last, we ppoke of the "cold" 
professor. But now we propose to say some- 
thing about the poor. 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs 
is the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 5: ?>. 
Such poverty as this is praiseworthy, for 
such can be furnished with true riches. 
Such as are poor in spirit, are the ones who 
hanger after and thirst after righteousness, 
and they have the promise of the Master, 
that they shall be filled. These are not poor 

Jan. 25, 188?. 



Christians. They are "rich in faith, and 
heirs of the kingdoa3." Solomon will tell 
us who this poor one is. He says, "The 
soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath noth- 
ing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made 
fat." Prov. 13: 4. The sluggard is one who 
is not very watchful for opportunities to 
work for the Lord's cause. He can afford 
to stay at home on meeting days, unless every- 
thing is favorable. The thing that he is 
watchful for, is a nice sunshiny day— jast 
so it is not too hot. Such, the wise man in- 
forms U8, have nothing; that is the reason 
they are poor, and I am sometimes made to 
wonder if such are not the same, that John 
calls "lukewarm?" And if so, they are not 
only poor, but the Lord cannot endure such, 
and will, therefore, "spew them out of his 

The misfortune in the case of those who 
occupy the place of the sluggard is, that 
you cannot convince them of their poverty. 
The apostle, in speaking of such, says, "Now 
ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned 
as kings without ua." 1 Oor, 4: 8. And this 
is that class that are poor. They are so sickly 
that they have no sense of hunger, and they 
cannot grow or become fat that way. "The 
liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that 
watereth, shall be watered also himself." 
Prov. 11: 25. 

Those who hunger after righteousness, 
have the promise, that they shall be filled. 
And you will always see the hungry rally 
when the table is set, and the call is ^ciade to 
come. They make no excuse, as that the 
weather is too cold, or too hot, etc. These are 
what may well be said to be "diligent souls," 
and therefore they shall be made fat. Again 
we quote, "He that is of a proud heart, atir- 
reth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in 
the Lord shall be made fat." Prov. 28: 25. 
Thus we discover that the promise ia to the 
faithful, and not to the sluggard. 

We frequently meet with cases, where 
if we are allowed to judge from appearances, 
we woald be forced to the conclusion, that 
even persons who claim to be members in 
the body of Christ, can sit down very qaietly 
at home, while those whom they call their 
brethren and sisters are at the place of meet- 
ing, trying to praise the Lord. About all 
the interest or anxiety that such people mani- 
fest, is to enquire of some one, who was 
present, something about who preached. 
And if they get a very flattering account of 
the new preacher, they are arcueed sufficiently 
to come out once (that is, if the weather is 
real nice), and the "new preacher" must be 
careful how he dishes out the food for them, 
— for they are sick, and they cannot endure 
strong food. * 

Oar meetings in Cumberland Co , 111 , clos- 
ed on the last day of November. There were 
no accessions to the church. All we could 
do, was to preach the word. No compro- 
mises of gospel principles can we aff jrd to 
make. Oar membership there is very small, 
and scattered some; we only met two mem- 
bers at the place of meeting. There are 
good people there, who are in sympathy with 
the doctrine of the Brethren, and who would 

doubtless embrace it, if they had a prospect 
for regular preaching. But there being no 
regular minister there, and none very near, 
the outlook is not favorable. 

It ia hard work to build up a church up- 
on the self-denying principles of the gospel, 
when everything is favorable, but when the 
cause has been brought under reproach, by 
those who are untrue to its principles, then 
it is almost impossible, until the stain haa 
been removed by time. 

Brother and sister McBrido are the only 
members living near the place where our 
meetings were held, and they are very anxi- 
ous for the cause to be built up there again. 
From that place we came directly to the 
Oakland church, in Darke Co., Ohio. Here 
we tried to tell the "old story," bat it seems 
much easier for people to follow their af- 
fections, than their bettor judgment. The 
verdict of the judgment is, It ia right to 
serve the Lord, — but the Ejections being set 
on things on the earth, it is hard to rise 
above the earth. ''Sat you affections on 
things above," then it will be an easy matter 
to get the consent of the will and judgmeiit, 
to serve the Master. 

This is one of the places where the cause 
o? Christ suffered severely, by tho late dis- 
tarbance in the Brotherhood. Bat all we 
have to do to sueceed in the good work, 
i3 to stick close to the gospel principles. 
The right must win at last. 

While it was apparent that some were 
"lukewarm," and others ''cold," yet are there 
still others, and not a few, who are awake to 
the interest of the Lord's cause, Oae wag 
baptized into the body, to help ia the good 
cause, and for personal salvation. 

At this writing my home h in the Price's 
Creek congregation. To-morrow I go to 
Pittsburg, Darke Co. (if the Lord will). 

Dec. 22, 1886. 



I RECEIVED from Bro. John Forney a very 
kind letter, referring to a few points found 
in my contributions in Nos. 4S and 49 of 
last volume of Gospel Messenger. On page 
755, of No. 48 occurs this language: "Now it 
is a fact well known, that the unfermented 
juice of the grape could not be obtained at 
a great many of thoae lawful places," etc. 
The reasons why the unfermented juice cf 
the grape could not be obtained, were not 
stated sufficiently clear. 

The reason is founded on tha fast, that, 
in the gospel dispensation, a communion 
may be held atrtJi?/ ^tmeiu ihe year, and at 
any place where itco or ihree are gaihercd in 
Jesus' name. This, as stated, legalizes the 
time and place, and may therefore be e.t 
any time of the year and at any place. We 
have no vaore, feast days or special days, reg- 
ulated by the moon, as under the forncer die- 
pensation. Grapes cannot be obtained ft 
any and all times in the year, neither at any 
and all places in the wcrld where a commun- 
ion could, and should often be held. 

There have been in my own experience 
and observation in our mission work, times 
a-i.d places where communions were held, 
when it was not known that a cDmmunion 
was to be held more than a day or two be- 
fore it was held, and the unfermented could 
not be obtained, while the fermented could. 
If some one would always take the precau- 
tion to provide it in time of grepes it would 
always be had, but this, for the above reason, 
does not occur. I admit that the juice of 
the grape can be kept in its sweet state the 
year round, but it is not knov^n where and 
when it will be wanted the year round. 

Again, in No. 49, of Gospel Messenger, 
page 772, I said: "The law pointedly says, 
that it should be eaten standing (chat is the 
pa^sover). I think we may safely infer from 
the general teaching? of the law, that they 
ate the passover standing, but I acknowledge 
that the language "Law pointedly says," is 
too positive. But everything goes to show, 
that they did eat standing. "And thus shall 
ye eat: with your loins girded, your shoes 
on your feet, and your staff in your hand; 
and ye shall eat it in haste." 

1. To have the loins girded while silting 
is uncomfortable. 2. To have shoes on 
their feet and staff in their hand, would indi- 
cate that they were standing. 3. Eating in 
haste, would indicate that they were stand- 
ing. It is not natural to be sitting when in 
haste. Wm. Smith says under the word 
pisaover: "It would seem that he was to 
sband during the meal" 

Hagersiown, Ind. 


BY M. M. E. 

—December 5th, 1886, the Belleville 
church began meetings at the Hill's Echool- 
house east of Belleville, and also at the 
church-house four miles south-west of town. 
At the former, B. B. Whitmer and Daniel 
Smith held forth the word. Early in the 
week they welcomed Bro. Peter Whitmer, of 
Missouri, who came to their aid. 

— At the meeting-house Bro. A. W. Austin 
began the work, and was aided by others 
through the week. The second week, Bro. 
Peter Whitmer preached the word in the 
meeting-house, and the third week our hearts 
were again gladdecei by the coaling of Bio, 
Geo. D. Zollars, of Illinois. He spoke unto 
us the way of life one week. 

— Have our meetings been a success? 
Undoubtedly, for we must measare them not 
by "good impressioaa made," — not numbers 
alone, not by feelings alone, but Ist, by the 
reforms brought about amongst members; 
2ad, by restoration and accessions; 3fd by 
the thrusts made at sin by the preacher, 
with the gospel. 

— Two were reclaimed, one applicant: and 
the sword of the spirit was sent into many 
hearts, and the church greatly enlivened. 

— Quarterly council Dec. 25 th. Much 
work done in a very good spirit. Did not hear 
an unkind word daring the day. The poor 
were remembered. 



3m. 25, 1887, 

— Bro. Ives, of Bnrr Oak, spent several 
week3 in the mission fieli during Noveraber. 
In December he labored faithfully at some 
new places in Osborne. We trust to hear 
good from those points. Bro. Zollars and 
the writer expect to begin work in Kanapolis 
early in January. 

— The next District Meeting for North- 
Western Kansas and C.^loraio, will be 
held in the Belleville church. Tha date will 
be announced in due time in the Messengek. 

— Since the last Distriat Meeting the mem- 
bership has largely increased, one minister 
has been ordained, several called to preach, 
four churches organized, and five ordained 
Elders, and a number in the second degree 
have moved into the District; and we are 
glad and thank God. 

— Dec. 2i, our son Alvin had his leg 
broken by a colt rolling upon him while do- 
ing the feeding. He bears it with much 

— December 30 rh, the Belleville church 
met to choose a minister. The order of 
procedure wa? reading of 1 Tim. 3^ and 
Titus 1, after which Bro. Zollars spoke on 
the qualification of ministers, Bro. "Whitmer 
and Austin on duty of the church to her 
ministers. After thus pleasantly spending an 
hour, the voice of the members was taken, 
and Bro. Albion Diggett was called to the 
ministry and installed in the usual order, 
The dear brother has our prayers and sym- 
pathies in this labor and burden. 



The above question is asked in GosrEL 
Messenger, No. 50, 1886. I answer NO; 
there is no such intention on the part of 
the friends of Sanday-echools. 

Sunday-school instruction, however, is a 
great help to preaching, "llie word of I he 
Lord is as a hammer, breaking in ];>ieces 
ilxe Jlinty rock." And its force is felt in 
Sanday-Echool instruction, as well as in 
preaching. And I consider the faithful 
minister will be a faithful Sunday-school 
worker, — not to the neglect of bis ministry 
but to complete it. His time between ser- 
mons can be well spent in teaching the 
rising generation, the "word of the Lord." 

What harm can there be in "reportivfj," 
that converts are Sunday-echool scholars? 
Oar editors "reporV converts as being schol- 
ars of Mt. Morris, "or Huntingdon. Wby not 
Sunday-school scholars? Wby do brethren 
who travel, tell where they have been, and 
where they will be until next report. Why 
not criticise such reports? Don't it look 
like boasting of what they have done, and 

are going to do? 

^ ■ ^1 



In Gospel Messenger of Nov. 0, appear- 
ed an article, entitled, "A Just Rebuke," of 
which this article is the sequel. I have be- 
fore me a published sermon and a letter from 

the Methodist minister who made the alleged 
assault upon onr people, in which he proves, 
to my satisfaction, that he did not wantonly 
attack the Brethren, nor heap upon them in- 
sulting epithets, nor grossly misrepresent 
their doctrines. He simply preached a 
Methodist sermon, in which distinctive Meth- 
odist doctrines were put in sharp contrast 
with all other creeds, where obedience to or- 
dinances holds an important place. In con- 
seqaence of this, some of his hearers under- 
stood his remarks as a direct assault upon the 
Brethren, and so reported to me. Some of 
his doctrinal positions are, indeed, at vari- 
ance with oiirs, and fairly open to criticism; 
tor, einee obedience to Christian ordinances is 
simply obedience to Christ, and since the 
great apostle Paul, whom our friend quotes 
aa authority against ordinances, himself 
praised the Corinthian Brethren that they 
had kept the ordinances as he delivered them 
unto them, 1 Cor. 11: 2, it cannot be inimi- 
cal to the spiritual worship of God to dili- 
gently observe "all things whatsoever he has 
commanded you." Matt. 28: 20. 

The keeping of the New Testament com- 
mandments is again and again enunciated by 
our Savior and his apostles, as the test of 
faith and love, the condition of acceptance 
with God, and of entrance into his kingdom. 
Oar friend fully set forth the truth that the 
body of external observances without the vi- 
talizicg spirit of grace is dead; yet this does 
not logically nullify the ordinances, for the 
apostle James uses the very same argument 
to prove that without the practical and tangi- 
ble services of religion, there can be no ac- 
ceptable, spiritual worship. Iq other words, 
a knortrn disobedience upon our part will put 
us in such wrong relation to God, that we 
can have no spiritual communion with him. 
There is just as much tendency in the hu- 
man heart toward the neglect and disobedi- 
ence of a humiliating and flesh-crucifying 
commandment, especially if it assumes the 
shape of an external ordinance, where all the 
world can see and ecoff", as there is tendency 
toward legalism and self- righteousness. 

In a recent discourse, a distinguished 
Brooklyn divine, known and admired all over 
the civilized world, uses the following lan- 
guage in reference to feet-washing: "The 
washing of feet is, I think, a part of the New 
Testament that many folks would like ex- 
punged. Men are quite willing to serve each 
other on the higher plane, where their ser- 
vice is a rebound of joy in themselves; there 
are very few men willing to descend to the 
other end of human life and wash the feet, — 
the lowest and most menial service of a slave. 
Yet that was what the Son of Man did, 'If I, 
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, 
ye ought also to wash one another's feet.' 
There are a great many men who are fierce 
for the Trinity, fierce for the Atonement, 
fierce for all the interlocked doctrines, but 
they are not at all anxious about washing 

The great preacher aimed well. It is not 
at all improbable that our obedience on the 
'•lower plane" may have an effect upon our 
spiritual life as a means of growth in grace 

(for all ordinances are means of grace to he- 
lievers, aa well as symbols of truth), as im- 
portant and eftectual as the higher forms of 
service, but it is easy to eeehowan ordinance 
which involves inconvenience, or singularity, 
or invites the jeers and ridicule of the 
world, could be gradually discontinued, and 
finally discarded altogether, as it has hap- 
pened with feet-washing, and the salutation 
of the kiss, in some of the Protestant church- 
es. If we knew no other reason for keeping 
the ordinances than that we are commanded 
to do so, shall T?e scorn to be under com- 
mandment to Christ, who himself was under 
commandment to his Father? And can we 
tell whether a so-called .-npiritual worship, ab- 
stracted from the divinely prescribed forms 
of worship, will be acceptable to God? And 
are we justified in discarding those institu- 
tions of Jesus which are mortifying to the 
flesh, and humiliating to the natural pride, 
because they cannot be popularizsd? Every 
word, every precept, every ordinance which 
Jesus has given us, has its proper place in 
the economy of grace; and while sacramental 
observances cannot be substituted for a god- 
ly life, or love, or holiness, yet a properly in- 
structed disciple will iiot, for that reason, 
leave them undone, or be indifferent about 
their primitive mode of administration, for 
nothing which the Son of God has instituted 
can be "unimportant" or unprofitable. 



The Christian is compared to a tree, "He 
shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of 
water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his 
season; his letif also shall not wither; and 
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Ps. 1: 8. 

This tree has a favorable location; it grows, 
spreads sbroad its branches, blooms, produc- 
es fruit, is ever green and flourishing. So 
is the Christian. He ia planted by rivers of 
living wate?;, he grows in the Christian graces 
and in the knowledge of the truth; he is fra- 
grant with the bloom of promise, and when 
the season comes, there is much fruit. The 
man of God, as a tree, bringeth forth his fruit, 
not a different fruit, nor the fruit of the 
bramble and thorn ; and he bringeth it forth 
in his season, at the proper time, when we 
look for it, when it is needed. Then when 
the season for fruit comes, he bringeth it 
forth; he does not keep it back, nor conceal- 
ed. There is the golden fruit, the branches 
hold it out with signs of invitation, and the 
evergreen leaves whisper, "There is more to 

It is the will of God that we grow, and 
produce much fruit. It must be good fruit. 
"Every tree that bringeth :^ot forth good 
fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire." 
If, then, such be the sad fate of those who 
bring not forth good fruit, it is important 
that we bear not only much fruit, but that 
it be good fruit. 

The conditions are these: "He that abideth 
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth 
much fruit." Planted in Christ, — partakers 
of the divine nature, heavenly minded, affec- 

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tioDS placed on things above, filled with the 
spirit, bearicg the fruit of the spirit; — "love, 
joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, good- 
ness, faith, meekness, temperance." 

Dear Christian brethren, we have a loving 
God, a blessed Savior, a holy religion. Let 
us enjoy all its blessed privileges and holy 
realities. Let us rise out of self, and above 
our sinful surroundings, into a higher, purer, 
spiritual life. This world is not our home; 
let us not set our affvictions upon it. O the 
beauty of a well-spent life! What then must 
it be TO LIVE aach a life? EDJoyment un- 
speakable, and full of glory ! It is thia that 
lifts us into the light of heaven, and fills the 
soul with joy and peace and bliss. It was 
this that made the face of Stephen shine like 
an angel's in the midst of his accusers, and 
opened to his rapt vision, the glory of God 
as he obtained a martyr's crown. 

"If ye then be risen with Ghrist, seek those 
things which are above, where Christ eitteth 
on the right hand of God. Sat your affec- 
tion on things above, not on things on the 
earth." (Col. 3: 1 and 2). 



Some of the readers of the "Oompanion'^ 
of 1874, will doubtless remember my des- 
olated condition on the death of my mother 
on New Year's Eve of that year. 

After fihe was CErried to her grave, I spent 
one year in bed in the little room where she 
was unclothed of mortality, without a living 
soul in the house to bear ma company. My 
meals were brought twice a day by my only 
living sister, and while I partook of them, 
she read to me out of the word of God. I 
then thought I had reached the lowest depth 
of desolation and sorrow, but now the Ail- 
wise and Graaioua Refiner has put me into a 
hotter crucible, and lowered me into a deeper 
abyss of agony. The waters of Marah have 
often surged through my soul, but now the 
floods clap their hands over my head. "Deep 
calleth unto deep: all thy waves and thy 
billows are gone over me." 

Yesterday at noon, January lltb, nine- 
tenths of my being avalanched into the sepul- 
chre of my dear, noble, self-sacrificing wife, 
who, for twenty. two years, has ministered to 
my necessities, and during the last eight 
years (our term of wedlock), has bean the 
devoted stay and comfort of my invalidism. 
All the vocabularies on earth, are too poor to 
furnish words to utter the silent, consuming 
moanings of my heart. God alone can fathom, 
God alone can heal. The Beloved gives me 
many kisses, which revives me more than a 
bundle of myrrh, and a cluster of camphire 
from the vineyards of Ea-gedi. Solomon's 
Song 1: 2, 13, 14. Alleluia, Blessed be God 
for His goodness and severity. Horn. 11: 22. 
The Ark of the Covenant must inclose its 
rod, as well as its manna. 

My wife was troubled with a congenital 
malformation of the heart. She was repeated- 
ly at death's door, but allegiance to the laws 
of nature, and trust in nature's God, always 
restored her. On the Bth day of November, 

at about nine o'clock in the morning, she was 
overwhelmed with a paroxysm of unusual 
severity, which continued seventeen days. 
On Thanksgiving morning I said, "Harriet^, 
I must shout glory to God in the highest ; 
your heart is perfectly normal in action 
again." Recovered rapidly, went into the 
basement daily till D^c. 1, — then a fearful 
relapse. After that her agony was excruciat- 

No rest nor sleep day or night until releas- 
ed by the welcome minister of death. She 
was carried from bed to chair, from chair to 
lounge, and then again to chair or bed, how 
oft I know not. Oyer the bed-room door. 
Sister Eila Reichard Suavely, of Urbana, 
Ohio, placed a motto several years ago, 
"Bock of Ages Cleft for Me,'' which was re- 
peated again and again, aa we carried her 
hither and thither. O how she prayed for 
sleep, and for death. She often asked me, 
"Is my hour at hand?" "Not yet, Harriet, 
but the Rider of the pale horse is galloping 
fast enough for poor me." Tiien she would 
exclaim, "O that I could hear the welcome 
word, NOW!" 

The sentiment of Schiller, if not the words, 
was often on her lips: 

"Ach aus dieses Thales Gruendea 

Die der kalte Nebel diueckt, 
Koennt ich doch den Ausgaag findeE, 

Ach wie fuehlc ich mich begluegki! 
Dort erblick ich schoene Huegel, 

Ewig JLing and ewig gruen! 
Haett ich Schwingen, haett ich Fluegel, 

Nach den Huegeln zoeg ich hin.'' 

The protracted insomnia so strained her 
brains and nerves, as to bring on an apoplec- 
tic fit, about one week before her departure. 
Dropsy supervened, terminating in morti- 
fication of her lower extremities. She pass- 
ed away very calmly at 2:20 Saturday morn- 
ing, January the Ssh, sitting in the old rock- 
ing chair, on which my father spent seven 
years of suffering and helplessness. 

I laid her out at her request, spent much 
of the time alone with her, between her death 
and burial, and helped to lay her in tke 
cofiia. She was still dear company, although 
a corpse, and "she being dead yet speaketh." 
Again and again she said to me, "Jesus first, 
and you next." Sometimes she gave vent to 
repeated Alleluias, lifting her hands in 
beckoning, and saying, "Come, Lord Jesus, 
oome quickly." 

She was greatly beloved in the community, 
being ever a willicg minister to the neces- 
sities of others, and abundant sympathy was 
manifested during her prolonged suffericga. 
The concourse at her funeral was large, and 
and many lingered at her coffia io shed tears 
of aft'action to her memory. 

Elder Samuel R. Zug, cf Lancaster Co., 
preached in the English, and Bro. Jacob H. 
Longenecker, of Palmyra, Lebanon Co., in 
the German. Text: Rsv. 7: 16, 17, with 
many impressive applications. 

What now? Can this broken heart be 
healed this side of Eternity ? God is pour- 
ing in oil and wine, day and night, but the 
gaping wounds bleed still. Is the grace of 
God SDfficiient to brighten my utter aud 
awful solitude? Saints of God, let your 
incense rise to the Mercy-seat abundantly 

for such "a man o£ sorrows and acquainted 
with grief." Alone day and night — cooking 
alone, eating alone, sleeping alone, weeping 
and suffering alone; yet, glory to God, not 
alone. The Names of my Father in Heaven 
now shine with a luster, and emanate a 
fragrance never known before. 

Jehovah Jireb, Jehovah, Jehovah Ropheka, 
Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah 
Teidkenu, Jehovah-Shammah, Jehovah Jesus : 
How sweet, how precious, how heart-easing the 
assurance bound up in these solemn, yet Pa- 
ternal Titles! A Religion that will not serve 
U3 f ally and with an overplus m our extremity, 
is not of God. In Rom, 8: 18, and 2 Cor. 4: 
17, and John 17: 24, we have a mighty and 
everlasting preponderance of blessedness 
for all the gall and wormwood ever poured 
in the widest, deepest cup ever drained by 
human lips. 

Union Deposit, Pa, 



By reason o£ sin, death entered into the 
world, and destroyed all flesh with its works; 
hence we must repent from dead works, 
the works of the flash. 

Eaith towards God, repentance from dead 
works, and baptism for remission of sine. 
Where is the virtue, or in which of the three? 
That is none of my business, God knows all 
about that. 

How much faith must I have? Those who 
were bitten by serpents, were required to 
have faith enough to lift their eyes and look 
at the serpent, that was all. Have faith 
enough to trust his promises, that is all. 
Though no larger than a grain of mustard 
seed, if there is life in it; it will finally be- 
come a great tree. 

That comparison of crossing the Jordan 
ia good, but wliat are the battles to be 
fought over there, and the Canaanites to be 
driven out? Bro. Moomaw give us your 

The Lord ate his supper, or passover, on 
the evening of the thirteenth, that is as it 
closed; the legal passover was eaten at the 
close of the fourteenth, and on the next day, 
or the fifteenth, was the holy convocation, or 
a Sabbath of rest, "an high day." This came 
the next day after the crucifixion. Feet- 
washing preceded the Lord's supper, or pass- 
over. He that confesses not, that Christ 
has come in the flesh, is antichrist. That is 
the test. Christ-in-the-heart, and the 
DEVIL- IN-THB- FLESH dcctxine is antichrist of 
the worst type. 

There is certain class to whom Christ will 
manifest himself; in John 14: 21 you will 
fiud who they are. There is another class 
who are liars, and the truth is not in them ; 
in 1st John 2:4 you will find who they are. 
In 1st John 5: 2, you can learn whether you 
love the children of God, and in the third 
verse you may learn what the love of God is. 
The tongue sets on fire the course of nature 
and it is set on fire of hell. Have any of you, 
brethren or sisters, ever been in that kind 
of hell? 



Jan. 25, 1887. 


Notes l>y the Way. 

I LErr horce Nov. 13 for Clarke Co., Ya. I 
Tra3 met by Bro. J. S. Koyer at Summit 
Point. On Sunday morniDg Bro. Eoyer took 
me to tlie echool-house, cear Blue Eidge 
Mountain. This is a place where our doc- 
trine had never been held forth. We remain- 
ed theie until S?.turday, and tried to teach 
the people the commandments of Jesus as he 
taught and praetic£d them. It was some- 
thiDg new to them, and they appeared inter- 
ested and ready to see whether these things 
were so. "We urged them to search the Word 
of Gcd. There was quite an interest mani- 
fested, and we feel there will be some who 
will uDite with ns. This was one of the many 
places where our doctrine is not known. Now 
why is this? I hope we will get more border 
misaionaries, to open the eyes of the blind 
aud the ears of the deaf. 

There is too much done in the established 
churches and the isolated are neglected, 
B'ethren, we want you to know that the work 
is not all needed in the West, but the South 
is all open to us — and what do we see done? 
Virginia and the South know but little of cur 
faith and practice, but wherever I have been 
I have always found some who would accept 
the truth. I expect to visit this place again 
if I am spared. 

On the 26th of November I started for 
West Virginia en my old steed, and that 
alone. 1 met with the brethren the same 
eveniag. Tue next day, the 27ch, we met in 
council, and agreed to build a house to wor- 
ship in and iu which to hold our feaets. For 
the last two years our feasts were held in the 
open air, without shelter. The Lord favored 
ue with fair weather, that we could CLJoy 
ourselves. Now we hope the Lord will make 
our brethren willing to help to build a house 
for the needy, for the brethren here all limit- 
ed in this world's goods. 

I then continued meetings from place to 
place until Dec. 4, when I met with the 
brethren, in council, at the Lost Eiver church. 
Every thiEg here passed cff pleasantly; the 
church decided to rebuild the old meeting- 
house. This is the church which made an 
appeal to the brethren for help, with a notice 
by Bro. Z. ilathias, of Illinois, and Bro. 
Shaver, of West Virginia. I hope the call of 
the brethren in this mountain region wjll not 
go entirely unheeded. They are scattered 
over a large, mountainous country, and are 
limited in means generally. Any contribu- 
tions would be cheerfully received. The 
brethren now intend to build a church, if 
spared to do so, for it is needed. 

We held several meetings, and on Sunday, 
Dec. 5, we were to preach the funeral sermon 
of sister Coons, who died some time ago, but 
as it snowed, we deferred the preaching to 
some future time. We then had meetirig in 
the Cove echool-house, near Bro. B. Hine- 
gardner's. The next day I star tod for- home 
and it snowed all day; I stopped with Bro. 
W. Neff for the night. The day following I 
arrived home and found all well. It was 

cold and icy, crossing the mountain. This 
closes my mission work for the year. 

In looking back I can see what is in the 
past. There are many whom the Lord has 
called home to take care of them — many 
standard bearers passed away. I hope the 
Lord will raise up others to fill their pieces. 

We, in the Flatrock church, Va, have a 
large territory to labor in. We have a branch 
church in West Virginia; this is where we 
want to build a house. We have meeting 
ouce in a month; there are nearly fifty mem- 
bers there. We are still trying to move 
along. We elected three to the ministry 
this year: D. P. Wine and B. P. Garber, at 
home, and Bro. John Glen, in West Virginia. 
I am glad to say that they are all willing to 
work for the Lord. I hope that the Lord 
will put words into their mouths to speak for 

We are all working together for the good 
of souls. We have three elders, three minis 
rers in the second degree and three in the 
first degree. We are glad to see our young 
brethren eomiug on to fill our places. My 
prayer is that the work may be enlarged. We 
had a fair increase this year; some who were 
near by the ties of nature were received, 
while others expressed unconcern. I hope 
that the Lord may spare them. Let us all 
pray for our children, and all others! We 
have been spared through another year; the 
Lord only knows who of us will see this time 
in 1887. My love is to all of God's children; 
when it goes well with yon, remember me in 
your prayers. Samuel H. Mvebs, 

Timberville, Va. 

From Falls City, Nebr. 

I JUST cloned a very interesting meeting in 
the town of Salem, seven miles west of this 
place. This town can boast of five churches. 
Near this place is the home of one of the 
most active and ambitious sisters I ever met. 
She felt an anxiety for the Brethren to have 
a place of worship there, bat the Falls City 
Brethren did not feel able, at this time. She 
assured them, if they would allow her, that 
she would make the tffjrt independent of the 
church. They gave permission. She went 
to work. A lot was soon procured by the 
citizens on the principal business street of 
the town. Other aid was given, and to day 
there stands a good, substantial brick church 
for the use of the Brethren. The house, in 
size, ia 26x40 feet, provided, with lights, a 
stove, and seated with chairs. Though not 
quite clear of debt, I hope she will be able 
to get the defcired aet-istance. This sister, 
whose name is Sumstine, superintended the 
work. Her husband is also a member, and, I 
suppose, aesisted. In this house the meet- 
ings were held. The two first evenings the 
attendance was small, but after that the house 
was filled every evening. The best of feel- 
ing prevailed during the meetings; had the 
best of order and attention. Three were bap- 
tized, and others are near the kingdom. 

Sister Sumstine, and another active lister. 
Brooks, started a Sunday-school; also a pray- 
er-meeting every Thursday afternoon. Sis- 

ter Brooks' kind husband is not a member 
yet, but I hope and pray that he may be soon. 
We might name otherfi, but it would make 
this article too lenghty, whose seats were 
never vacant, and who gave every assistance 
and encouragement. I offer them my thanks 
and best wishes. We had several cold 
"snaps," which lasted but a few days. The 
snow was not more than one-half inch deep 
at any one time. To-day, the 13th, we have 
a summer day. This is a fine country, and, 
taking all things into consideration, I can 
eay I enjoy myself well. There are some 
things that I would rather see different, but 
I feel asfyared that all will work for good in 
the end. R. K. Berkeybile. 

From Cross Roads Chxircb, N. C. 

This is the only church of the Brethren in 
Henderson Co., N. C. We are weak in num- 
ber, — only about twenty- five members, but I 
am happy to say we are in union. We are 
blessed with a mild climate, and one that is 
noted for health, fine fruits, vegetables and 
pure water. Our mountain Eection is much 
resorted to for health and pleasure. We in- 
vite our Brethren in the North to come and 
see western North Carolina, before going 
elsewhere to seek a mild climate. 

There are two churches of the Brethren in 
Polk countj', one six miles, and the other 
some thirty miles distant. Brethren F. W. 
Dove and George Bowmen came over from 
Eastern Tennessee and preached some for us 
last fall, but they spent most of their time 
holding a eeries of meetings at Mill Creek 
church, in Polk county, and at Clifton, S. C. 
Some eight or ten made the good confession, 
and were baptized at Mill Creek church. 

Bro. Jesse Croeswhite came recently, vis- 
iting each of the three churches in this sec- 
tion, but he spent most of his time at Clif- 
ton, accompanied by our elder, Bro. G. A. 
Branseom. They reported good meetings, 
and a number of persons are expected to 
make the good confession soon. Bro. Cross- 
white preached two sermons for us on his 
return home. Last week we had some very 
cold weather. J. W. Kilpateick. 

From Upper Middletown Valley Cliurch. 

Our meeting closed to- day, Dec, 27, We 
surely have Lad a good meeting, the Breth- 
ren all manifeeting an excellent spirit, help- 
ing to preach by their presence and prayer- 
ful attention. The Lord blessed the work 
by causing eighteen to forsake sin and own 
Christ, twelve others to return to the good 
old way, eleven of whom were drawn cff by 
the trouble, called "Old Orderiem." To see 
the wandering sheep returning to the fold, 
brought tears to many eyes, weeping for joy, 
aye, and there is more joy in heaven over 
one that returns than over ninety and nine 
that do not go astray. Matt. 18: 13. Wo 
hope that the day ia not far distant when all 
of our Old Order Brethren v/ill return, for 
we need each other's help and sympathy, as 
children of God, in pruning and dressing the 
vineyard of the Lord, The church here is 
under the charge of Eld. Geo. Leathermanj 

Jan. 25, 1887. 



who, with the help of John Buasard, Silas 
Harp and D. Wolfe, ministers the Bread of 
Life from time to time. Theee brethren and 
the writer, with all the deacons and brethren 
at this place, have tried to do the work of 
the Lord, by not negkc'iiig the assembling 
of themseivoa together daiiy for the last three 
weeks. S. N. McCanm. 

From Bladisoii, Kan. 

On Nov. 20, wife and I went to Coffee Co., 
about twelve miles north-east o£ Burlington, 
where we met in the evenicg, in the Scott 
Valley school-house, for worship. Y7e found 
a fair coDgregation of acxiona liateners, and 
entertained them, as bast we could, from the 
words, "Man shall not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God." We labored with them till 
Dec. 5, with increasing interest. The peo- 
ple in this neighborhood know but little 
about our doctrine, or, more properly, the 
teachiBgs of Jeeus. We tried to teach them 
the doctrine of the New Testament as de- 
livered unto us by the Son of God. It seems 
strange that men and women know so little 
about the gospel, when every one has a Tes- 
tament, and can read it for themselves, but I 
have learned that a person's practice is ac- 
cording to his teaching. If the ministry 
would preach the pure word of grace, the 
people would accept it just as freely as they 
do error. Ob, when will the people learn to 
trust in the Lord Jesus GnrlBt and his word, 
instead of men and their teachings? "Prove 
all thiags (by the word of life), and hold 
fast to that which is good." 

We had a good meeting. There were nine 
or ten members, who came four or five miles 
every evening, and went home after preach- 
ing. They labored faithfully. On Sunday, 
the 28th, we assembled at the water-side, 
where prayer was offered by the faithful, 
and five precious souls followed Christ in 
the holy ordinance of baptism, and arose 
out of the liquid stream, we trust, to walk in 
newness of life. On Dec. 5, we again met at 
the water- side, and three more put on Christ 
in baptism. 

Daring these meetings I noticed that Bro. 
Shaw was Bolieiting subscribers for the Gos- 
pel Messenger and Brethren's Hymnale. I 
wish all the Brethren would use our selec- 
tion of hymas, because it is adapted to 
our worship, and, I think, far superior to 
any other selection. 

Another want I noticed in my travels, is 
enlightenment on the Sabbath question. A 
great many are in doubt as to keeping the 
first day, and some of our members are 
among the number. Bro. M. T. Baer's 
"Christian Sabbath Defended" should be in 
every brother's house. It beautifully con- 
trasts the law and the New Testament, and 
gives good reaeona for keeping the first day 
of the week, or Sunday. It puts the Sab- 
batarians to flight. They cannot answer its 

The Brethren of Scott Valley would like 
to have a minister move among them, who is 
willing to l&bm m word and doctrine. I be- 

lieve a large church could be built up here, 
if proper efforts were put forth. Bro. Shaw 
preaches for them once a month. May God 
bless the dear members and friends for their 
kindness to us. We had the best of order 
during our meetings. In our Christian as- 
sociations we learned to love many in this 
neighborhood, but the time came to say fare- 
well. We closed with a good interest. The 
immediate results of our labors were eight 
baptized, and three applicants. Many oth- 
ers are near the kingdom. May they not put 
off their return to God, but choose that good 
part that never can be taken from them. 

There are many calls for the bread of eter- 
nal life. There are vast multitudes in Kan- 
sas that never heard the doctrine of the 
Brethren preached. If I were able, fiaan- 
oially, I would go into the field and labor all 
the time. I feel the weight of "Go ye into 
all the world and preaeh the gospel to every 
creature." Chas. .M. Yeasout. 

From Geiger's Summit. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler commenced meeting in 
the Geiger'a Summit meeting-house on Mon- 
day evening, Dec. 6, end continued until Dec. 
19, when he preached his farweil sermon. Hi« 
first subject was, "Watch and Pray," which 
afforded an opportunity to him to awfcken 
the professed believers, as well es the un- 
conaer.ned outsiders. Many of us are likely 
to forget, that our holy profession requires a 
constant warfare against the enemy, who is 
so well acquainted with our weaknesees. We 
were also warned against the peace-de5troy. 
ing habit of watching others, instead of our 

Bro. Mohler is a wise worker and labors 
systematically. After reminding the mem- 
bers of the church, he fearlessly upheld and 
unfolded the doctrines of the church of 
Christ, and the necessity of obeying every- 
thing, just as the Great Founder and his 
chosen apostles have left it in the Book 
of Life, or New Testament. The different 
steps leading to the remiseion of sins, and 
the union with the body of Christ, were dis- 
tinctly and boldly shown in the gospel mir- 
ror. Here we so often halt when we know 
our neighbors look through diffy.T'ent glasses 
from what we use, for fear that some of the 
glasses will be broken. We were, however, 
reminded that we deal with the Lord's com- 
mands and we must see them in the true 
light, which is nothing more or less than Je- 
sus. We have heard Bro. Mohler preach on 
these things before and it is strange that, 
though he makes some ugly gashes into the 
various traditions upon which men trust 
their salvation, he does it in such a manner 
that no one, possessed of reason and common 
sense, has cause to be offended. He general- 
ly expresses a willingness to stand corrected, 
if any one can show any errors on his part. 

If persons feel disposed to argue on any 
point or doctrine, he discasses calmly; we 
had practical examples of this during 'these 
meetings, besides he made it a part of his 
work to visit brethren, sisters and others in 
the vicinity of the meeting-house, when he 
could do so, and in all kinds of weather, 

The results may be summed up as follows: 
ex'-iraordinary interest by all classes of peo- 
ple; good order, with a few exceptions; the 
upbuilding of the church; the determination 
of many, who have heretofore not shown their 
light and example to the world, as they 
should or might have done; end a more glor- 
ious insight into the plan of redemption. The 
best is yet to be told. We were deeply im- 
presaed, to see fourteen (all young souls), 
buried with Christ in baptism, and promise 
to follow him through life, to an everlasting 
home in heaven. 

May the church heed the admonitions of 
Bro. Mohler, in hi.s closing sermon, for all 
need the tenderest care! There are some 
among them, who left earthly friends, and 
who have none at home who can give them 
counsel and encouragement in time of adver- 
sity and temptation. There are several yet, 
who are interested and they have resorted to 
the Word of God for light and to see if the 
thiiigs preached are so. Before closing, we 
have to look on another class, who wait for a 
more convenient season. Some have, doubt- 
less, heard the "gentle call" of the Savior 
many time?, and have heard the frequent 
prayers of their parents many times. What 
stubborn witnesses these will be at the great 

Bro, Mohler went, from here, to his home 
at Lewistown, Pa. J. D. Baer. 

Friedens, Pa. 

Donations for the Poor. 

The following amounts were received at 
the Eastern office, to send the Messenger to 
the poor: 

Sarah Emmert, Pa S 1 00 

David Ar"eheman, Md 80 

Mrs. Ljdia B.4,11, Pa 50 

Margaret Jonsdon, Md 1 00 

John ¥7est0, Pa 40 

E. W. Hollos^peter, Pa 1 00 

Ella Williams, Md 6-5 

Lottie A. Myers, Pa 1 00 

K. Spanogle, Nebr 50 

D. Eosenberger, Pa 1 00 

S. A. Shaver, Va 25 

Jacob Ergood, Pa. 50 

Isaiah Bueghly, Md 1 00 

Leah Replogle, Pa 1 00 

Daniel Goodman, 50 

Total Sll 10 

From Harrison County, Ind. 

On the 4th of December Bro. Jacob Rar- 
ick, from Delaware Co., Ind., came to pay us 
a visiL He st&yed with us until the loth, 
preaching nine sermons. Bro. Jacob told us 
plainly what we must do to be saved. At 
first the meetings were not so large, but as 
we continued, the number of hearers increas- 
ed. Attention to the Word preached was 
good, and the behavior of our yonng folks 
was excellent. We know of some good im- 
pressions that wore made, and we now think 
I that wo clcsad too ecod. Brethren, pray for 
{ us that we may hoid cut faithful, and that 
much good may be done in the name of Jesus, 
George W. Myee^-, 



Jan. 25, 1887. 

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Jan. 25, 1887. 

On the 2^-3 irist., one united with the 
church at Erwin, Ind. 

One of the students at this place was bap- 
tized on Monday, the 17th inst. 

Four were added to the church, at Elrick, 
la , during the summer and fall. 

Tv,-o were baptized in Florida, at the love- 
feast, at Keuka, held in the early part of this 

The Brethren at Dayton, O,, are having an 
interesting series of meetings.^ One appli- 
cant for baptiem. 

The church at Qainter, Kau., is moving 
along very nicely. May she never be dis- 
turbed by cMsoensions! 

13bo. Aauon Beekeibile's address is 
changed from Cincinnati, Nebr., to Dabois, 
Pawnee Co., same State. 

Brethren M. M. Eahelman and Geo. 1). 
Zollars are in the mission field. They were, 
at lafct reports, at Kanopolis, Kan. 

The Brethren at Ogan's Cretk church, Ind,, 
held a series of meetings recently. Bro. Geo. 
Grips, of Illinois, was with them. 

Bro, J. M. Snider, of Grundy Center, la , 
would like to have the address of Jacob C. 
Hoover, formerly of Parsons, Kan. 

Beg. Noah Longaneckeb, of Stark Co , O., 
is to commence a series of meetings for the 
Brethren at Ankneytown, Ohio, on the 29th 
inst. Some who had gone away from the 
church at the above-named place have re- 
turned, thus making glad the hearts of God's 

Beg. Michael Flory changes his address 
from Moren, Clinton Co , Ind., to Eossville, 

same State. 

Bro, Enoch Eby returned to his home 
from Kansas last week, and commenced a 
series of meetings in the Waddam's Grova 

Bro S. S. Mohler, of Missouri, visited 
our cflioe on the 19ih inai, and on the even- 
ing of the same day preached for us in the 


We expect to begin the publication of an 
interesting series of articles in our next is- 
sue, from the pen of Bro, M. M. E , on "Lost 
Israel Found." 

Bro. p. S. Garman held a joyous meeting 
at Centerview, Mo. From here he expected 
to go to the Mineral Creek church, the home 
of Bro. S. S. Mohler. 

The Brethren of the Moscow church, Va,, 
expect to begin a series of meetings the sec- 
ond week in February, Bro. S. F. Sanger is 
expected to be with them. 

Bro. Vaniman has gone to hie home from 
Franklin Grove, 111. Daring the meetings 
v/hich he held there, eight were baptized and 
there are three more applicants. 

The Brethren at Adamsboro, Caes Co., 
Ind., were, at last accounts, in the midst of a 
series of meetings. Bro. D. P. Shively and 
Bro. A, Sinehart were preaching for them. 

A EOiviE has been selected for Bro. Hope 
near Herrington, Dickinson Co., Kan. As 
soon as the papers are made out, full partic- 
ulars and a report of funds will be given in 
the Messenger, 

Bro. D. p. Miller sends i^l.50 for the 
MES.SENGEB, but fails to give his postofiice 
addreos, and we are unable to fiad it. If 
this comes to his notice, he will please for- 
ward hia address. 

The meetings at Franklin Grove, III, at 
last reports, were still in progress. Bro. 
Vaniman had gone home, but the local min- 
isters were co.nducting the meetings. Eleven 
had been received by baptism. 

A desire in itself may not be a sin, but 
tho gratification of a wrong desire becomes 
sinful. A desire may be bad, but it is capa- 
ble of restraint, but the gratification of a de- 
sirs, a deed, is often irrevocable. 

Our old brother. Eld. Samuel Murray, of 
Pviver, Ind., writes, under date of the 12th 
inst,, that he was suffering from a severe cold 
and cough that is wearing him down rapidly. 
He asks God's people to pray for him. 

Bro. John E. Metzger, of Edna Mills, 
Ind., has this to say about our paper: "The 
Messenger is giving good satisfaction, as far 
as I know. It surely is a good paper, and 
ought to be in every family in our Brother- 
hood. One of my subscribers said to me, 'I 
v/ould not do without the paper for $3.00 a 
year.' " 

"The blessiog of a house is piety. The 
honor of a house is hospitality. The orna- 
ment of a house is cleanliness. The happi- 
ness of a house is contentment." 

Bro. I. J. Eosenberger preached in the 
Wolf Creek church, O., from Dee. 17 to Jan. 
tt. Sixteen came out on the Lord's side. 
Many hearts were made to rejoice. We are 
indebted to sister Amy Erbaugh for this 
good news. 

Bro. J. G. Eoyer has charge of the Chica- 
go Mission at present. The place of meet- 
ing is at 195 La Salle Street, first door to the 
tight, at the head of first stairway. Until 
further notice, meetings will be held on the 
first and third Sundays of each month. 

The error we made in giving the date of 
our next A. M. has been pretty generally no- 
ticed. We have received a number of letters 
asking why the date was changed. We made 
the correction in No. 2, but now make it 
again. The time for the Meeting is May 31. 

Bro. Henry Brubaker writes from Texas, 
that the work is movingforward in that State. 
They have meeting every Sunday, at differ- 
ent point.^, with prayer- meetings and a Bible- 
class. They like the climate very well, and 
do not realize that they are in. the midst of 

There are, at the present time, among 
those connected Vvith the echool at this place 
as teachers, students and helpers, over eighty 
members of the church. We trust that this 
body of workers may so live out the princi- 
ples of the gospel of Jesus Christ that they 
may become a blessing to the church and to 

The religion of Jesus has suffered more at 
the hands of its prof eased friends than it has 
from its open opposers. There are profess- 
ing Christians who, either from not under- 
standing the Word of God, or from sheer 
carelessness, disobey many of the plain Bi- 
ble commandments, and bring a reproach 
upon the cause they misrepresent. 

Feav of us realize the power we have in 
the world for good or for evil. Oar example 
will be followed by those who make us their 
idea of right, and they are as apt to follow 
us in wrong as in right doing. This being 
true, no one can be too careful in weighing 
every action of life. The first question of all 
to settle is. Is it right for me to do this 
thing? and if there is a single doubt, don't 
do it. 

Our readers will learn with sadness the 
bereavement that has fallen upon the home 
and heart of our dear brother, C, H. Bals- 
baugh. His letter in this issue tells of the 
death of his bosom companion. We believe 
all who have read Bro. B's. letters will join 
us in extending to him sympathy in his great 
loss. Ha has written many hundreds of let- 
ters to the comfort of sorrow- stricken hearts, 
and DOW, when he is heart broken, may the 
Almighty pour oil of consolation into his 
wounds, and comfort him! 


Jan. 25, 18B7. 



Sister Keinhold, of Lancaster, Pa., has a 
German Commentary, seven volames, that 
she wishes to dispoEe of cheap. Any one de- 
siring further information will address Bro. 
Allan W. Zag, Litilz, Pa. 

The rceeticga at Pine Creek, III, have 
been of unueaal interest. Lirge congrega- 
tions of interested hearers have gathered 
tightly to hear Bro. Mohler preach the Word 
of Life. Oae has been baptized, and others 
appear to be almost persuaded. The meet- 
ings will be continued by the home minis- 
ters. Bro. Mohler goes from Pine Creek to 
Waddam's Grove. 

We like the suggestion of our dear broth- 
er, B. C. Moomaw, very much. He thinks 
we ought to have more essays in the Mes- 
senger on the higher Christian life, and 
kindred subjects. Bro. Daniel Hays, of Vir- 
ginia, has commenced a series of articles on 
this theme, and others will follow. Let us 
all labor together this year to make our 
church paper a veritable gospel messenger. 

Bro. J. M. Snydeb, of Grundy Center, Is., 
of the Bruederhote, will send free to any ad- 
dress missionary copies of our German pa- 
per. It contains about all the articles pub- 
lished in the mie&ionary number of the Mes- 
SEiiGEE. All those who can distribute these 
papers to advantage among Germans, should 
write at once and get a supply of them, — 
Here is en excellent oppcilucity to asei&t in 
a good work. Bro. Snyder has a hard strug- 
gle to keep the German paper going, and we 
should assist him by eending subscribers, 
and at the same time help to spread the truth. 

Bro. a. B. Brumbaugh, of the East Nim- 
ishillen church. Stark Co., Ohio, writes un- 
der date of the I4th inst., that meetings are 
in progress in their church, conducted by 
brethren Noah Longanecker and I. D. Par- 
ker. Seventeen have been baptized. He says: 
"While I was writing the joyful news of the 
result of our meetings, I was thinking, What 
a glorious work you are engaged in! Man 
cannot eetimata the amount of good you are 
doing. All but one of those young converts 
are from families where the Messenger is 
read. As Bro. Kenepp and sister Fiory say, 
'Children are great imitators.' Where par- 
ents read the Messenger attentively, the 
children will also do it, and the amount of 
good the Messenger is thus doing is beyond 
comprehension. And yet, oh, how many 
there are who do not know the good it would 
do their families to have the Messenger in 
their homes ! If they did, they would sure- 
ly have it." 


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation- 
bl Club took place recently in Boston, on 
Forefatherb' Day. The organization is of 
such a character that the introduction of re- 
ligious subjects at the Annual Meeting of 

the body spems altogether in place. The 
Hon. J. G. Blaiiie wes among the noted men 
of New Eogland who were present. And, 
being a member of the Club, he look the lib- 
erty of uttering freely his seniimentB that 
were £iuitablo to the occasion. 

Mr. Blaine exprefceed his convicfion that 
the preaching of the Word of God at the 
present day is not as effective as it ought to 
be. And he thinks that this idea is general- 
ly accepted, both by the ministry and the 
laity. And he gives his theory for the lack 
of effectiveness in preaching the gospel in 
the following words: "Now, my theory is, 
that, literally speaking, the gospel is not 
preached. The command v/as, 'Go and 
preach the gospel.' Wei), I will undertake 
to say, that when you put a non-conductor 
like a pile of manuscript between you and 
your audience, you are not preaching the 
gospel, you are reading it. What would you 
think of a lawyer at the bar, with a man's 
life depending on what he could say to the 
twelve jurjmen, who were to decide the fate 
of that prisoner, if he should haul out a pile 
of manuscript and begin to read to them? 
What would you think of a man in a legia- 
lative assembly who wanted to convince hie 
fellow- members of the policy or impolicy of 
any measure if ho began to read to them? 
Every one knows it would empty the hail 
immediately. Now, I want to guard myself. 
Heaven forbid I should want extemporane- 
ous eermons. There is a vast difference in 
speaking extempore and the entir§ absence 
of notes. Nor do I mean that a mau should 
commit a sermon, for no man ever got hold 
of an audience in this world who was frying 
to remember the phrase in which to address 
them, and no one should address an audi- 
ence who does not know, when he begins, 
what he is going to say and where he will 
end, and I ask any one of you if it does not 
take about four times as much reflection and 
labor to prepare a speech or sermon that is 
to be delivered without notes as it does to 
write one that ia bo eesily read. 

"I want extempore speeches in the pulpit 
that a minister of eloquence has been six 
weeks preparing; and if you should go to all 
the great places in which they have been 
gathered up in a pentecostal season, you will 
never see the interposition of manuscript. I 
would have such ii tiaence as Whitefield had 
in the open field. I would have such influ- 
ence as Robert Cnshman made in the fiist 
sermon he delivered on New England soil. 
I would have such inliaence as Paul exerted 
before the men of Athena. I would have 
the imitation of that highest of all ppiritual 
inliaence when our Divine Master epoke to 
them on the mount." 

There ia much truth in the foregoirg re- 
marks of Mr. Blaine, and they are euggesiive. 
It is very evident that preaching is not as 
effective as it ought to be. This is the cou- 
victioB of all who have given the matter se- 

rious consideration. The themes of preach- 
ing are sncb as death, judgment, the resur- 
rectioj;, the terrible doom of the disobedient, 
and "the glory, honor and immortality" of 
the saints, the sudden appearing of the Son 
of God io terminate his mediatorial reign, 
and to introduce his everlasting kingdom. 
And wbile the gospel contains such themes, 
it contains the expressed mind of God upon 
them. And such being the character of the 
themes of the gospel, and such the divine 
authority for what is said upon them, the 
preaching of the gospel surely fahould be 
very powerful in producing its designed effect 
— the formation of holy or Christian charac- 
ter. But alas! such effect too seldom follows 
the preaching of the gospel. 

The reading of eermons is certainly not 
the best way to make the preaching of the 
word cf God most effective. The influence 
of the strong emotions of the preacher, when 
properly impressed with the greatness of his 
subject, as seen in his coantenance when he 
is under the influenca of the divine unction, 
is greatly diminisheel when his eyes must be 
directed to his manuscript instead of being 
directed to hig hearers. And it is strange 
that, with all the preparation that is made in 
Btudy and culture by many of those who 
choose the pxofeesion of the ministry as their 
calling, any of such should read their eer- 
mons, when it is so generally believed that 
by so doing they greatly diminish the effect- 
iveness of the gospel. 

The idea suggested by Mr. Blaine, that 
reading is not preaching, has much truth in 
it. Preaching, in the scriptural sense of the 
word, hns a much broader, and more compre- 
hensive meaning than reading or teaching. 
Preaching is not merely the presentation of 
truth to the understanding, but it is the pre- 
sentation cf truth to the whole man, to the 
understanding, to the conscience, and to the 
emotions. And because the message of the 
gospel can be thus presented better by ex- 
temporaneous speaking than from manu- 
script, the former method has a decided ad- 
vantage over the latter. 

The remedy, however, for the want of ef- 
fectiveness in preaching, ia not to be found 
alone in extemporaneous preaching, since 
there is much preaching of this kind that is 
not effective. There is a want of more of the 
Holy Spiiit, both in the ministry and in the 
church, to render the preaching of the gos- 
pel more effcv^tive. And Christians should 
piay more for the Holy Spirit, and do no 
evil to grieve him, and live more in harmony 
with his holy nature, and with the gospel 
principles which he has inspired. And 
while all Christians should thus live, minis- 
ters especially ehould do so, and thus be "en- 
samples to the flock," in spirituality of heart 
and life, as well ts in all other respects. — 
With buch a spiritual church and ministry, 
the preaching of the gospel would be very 
t-ftective, 0. Q. 


Jan. 25, 1887 . 


'As co!d water is to a thirstr soul, so is good news from 
B ftr couEtry." 

This week we give much more space than 
u3U{ii to our correspondents, and yet we must 
cat down aiid condense. Please do not £end 
us long accounts of travel, lengthy deEcrip- 
tions of localities, and other matter that, at 
bes^ is only of local interest. "What we want 
is church news, and such items that will be 
of general interest. Some letters, owing to 
their length, have been crowded back until 
they are old. 

— Sister Anna Carter, of Eliott, 111,, sends 
a short account oi the laseiiaga held at the 
above-named place, by Bro. John Barnhart. 
They were much encouraged by the meet- 
ings, and feel strengthened in the faitb. 

— Sister Lydia Dell tells of the pleasant 
feast they enjoyed at the South Beatrice 
church. Bro. B. B. Whitmer cfficiated. — 
They had a series of meetings in connection 
with the feast, and sis were baptized. Sister 
D. expresses the hope that many may follow 
their example. 

— From Bro. J. C. Lane, of Big Tunnel, 
Montgomery Co., Ya., we have a communica- 
tion written with lead-pencil, and which is 
somewhat blurred. We request our breth- 
ren to use good, black ink, when writing for 
the Messexgeb. It is often impossible to 
decipher manuscript written with lead-pencil. 

— Sister Emma Allbaugh, of the Saginaw 
church, Mich., reports a pleasant and profita- 
ble series of meetings held in that church, by 
brethren Isaiah Eairigh and Benj. Fry f ogle. 
Four were baptized and one reclaimed. They 
expect to hold another series of meetings 
soon. Bro. J. Calvert is expected to be with 

— Bro. Jacob Leckrone> of Glenford, Ohio, 
sends an es^ay on the 'Ptitience of Job." We 
are sorry the brother used a lead-pencil. Ee- 
member, that letters, in passing through the 
mails, often receive rough usage, and, unless 
written with ink, often reach us baldly blur- 
red. Again we say. Use good, black ink in 
writing for the paper. 

— Bro. Jacob Moss and wife made a trip, 
early in December, to Htn^ell, FrankJin Co., 
Iowa. He says, "We remained several days 
with our beloved Brethren, and enjoyed our- 
selves in religious and social intercourse. 
We are sorry that our stay could not be long- 
er. In this world we only meet to part but in 
the world to CDme we shall meet ne'er to part. 

—Bro. W. W. Eeynolde, of the Paint 
Creek church, Kan., rejoiced to read Bro. 
Numer's letter in the MESSE^'GER. They en- 
joyed a refreshing love-feast in October. Brc. 
Martin Neher was with them. Bro. Numer's 
oldest son and May Boiiinger were married 
Oct. 23, by Bro. Eeynolds, but before start- 
ing out in life, they determined to enlist in 
the service of God. They and two others 
were baptized Nov. 2. May God bless them 
all, and may they bs bright lights in the 
church, that others may be constrained to 
take upon thesasglras tte yoke of Jesus, 

— Bro. Jacob Steel, of the Hopewell church, 
writes an essay on the importance of charity. 
He likens the heart without charity to the 
barren fig tree. There may be a showing of 
fruit, but it is deceptive. Only those who 
have unfeigned love, or charity, can be the 
disciples of Christ, for "by this phall ail men 
know that ye are my disciplep, if ye love one 

—Bro. E. W. Slasher, cf McPherson 
church, Kan., rf joiees over the birth of his 
only child, a daughter of fifteen, into the 
kingdom of Christ. She was bapt'zad Nov. 
1-L. Sis had united with the McPherson 
church, in tee two months preceding the 
above date. Bro. S. calls especiril f>itentloa 
to Bro. John Forney's erticle in G. M, No. 
43, and would like every member to read it 

— Bro. David Neff, of Eoann, Ind-, writes 
us that he "held meetings at the Lower Deer 
Crtek church, Ind., from Drc. 29, vniil Jan. 
10. Sixteen meetings, in all, were held, with 
increasing interest. Two were baptized, and 
others seem near the kingdom. M^ny tears 
were shed when we took the pRrting hand 
Many thanks to the dear brethren and sla- 
ters and fiiends for their love and kindness 
shown us." 

— Sister Sarah E. Peterp, of Helm's Store, 
Va., gives an account of a visit of some of the 
members (sixteen in number), to Pittsylva- 
nia county, to attend the love-feasts there. 
They had a very enjoyable time. At the 
close of the meetings one made applic.ition to 
be baptized. The sister also writes of tte 
meetings in their home church. They had 
good meetings, at which a krgo number ccm- 
muned. One was received by bapiiem. 

— Bro. Andrew Stalmaker gives an account 
of a visit made by him to the Rock Ran 
church, W. Va , in October last. He visited 
several churches and preached for them. At 
Bean Fork two were baptized. At this place 
they had a pleasant love feast. The meet- 
ings were well attended, and good attention 
was given to the preaching cf the word. The 
vifit was an etjoyable one to Bro. 8 , as the 
Brethren treated him with much kindness. 

— Bro. Israel Gripe, of Long Pine, Brown 
Co., Neb,, wishes to inform the Bretbren, 
that there is plenty of good and cheap land 
in that section cf the country. There are 
eight members living in the vicinity of Long 
Pine and others scattered thronghthe county. 
They hope to organize a church in the near 
future. They would like to have Brethren set- 
tle among them. Ministers passing that w.iy 
are especially invited to stop and preach for 

— Bro. N. Shomber, of Caseidy, Kr.Esas, 
writes of his new home, and the prospects for 
building up a church there. He says: "Oh, 
for more laborers in the vineyard of tbe Lord 
in this part of Kansas. The conversion of 
souls is the burden of my prayer. I ferl un- 
satisfied in any other element then the Breth- 
ren, find I am willing to do my share of the 
work in my weak way. May the Lord bleas 
all legal efforts made by our Brethren to 
evangelize the world.," 

— Bro. Levi Baker, of Stiepardsville, Mich., 
visited some isolated members in Arenac 
Co., Mich., recently. Here lives Bro. Love- 
laud's family, four, members of the church, 
and they much desire to have a minister lo- 
cate among them, and preach for them. Bro. 
B. thinks there is an excellent cpexiing here 
to build up a church. Who will go over and 
help these Brelhrcn? Any one desiring fur- 
ther information should write to Bro. Baker 
at once. Address as above. 

— Bro. A. C'Snowbcrger writes from the 
Good Hope church, Ccl, that they are now 
moving tilong pleasantly. They were much 
eneoursg(-d at their last council-meeting by 
receiving four members by letter and they 
are expecting others to come. They have 
had a cloud of trouble, but it has been re- 
moved and they rejoice. Bro, S. will gladly 
answer any questions in relation to thecoun- 
iry. If you write to him, be sure and encloee 
a stamp for a reply. Address, Jalesburg, 
Weld Co., C.l. 

—From Bro. W. S. Gilbert, cf New Leba- 
non, Ohio, we have an account of a visit that 
he, in company with brethren Bright and 
E'.b-:iagb, made to the Stcne Lick church, 
Clermont Co., Ohio, to attend a commun- 
ion meeting. They bad an enjoyable and re- 
freshing season, and all seemed to be en- 
ooureged to press onward. This is one among 
the oldest churches in Ohio, having been or- 
ganized about the year 1805. After the 
meetings on Sunday, one made application 
to be baptized. 

— From Bro. Z. Annon, of Thornton, W. 
Ya., v/e have a letter, dated, O^t. 19, 188(3, 
which was overlooked, otherwise it would 
have appeared in the paper. Bro. A. gives 
an account of their love-feast, and also of the 
District Meeting, which was held in the 
Shiloh church, Barbour Co. They had but 
little business to attend to, and all passed off 
pleasantly. They will be represented at A. 
M. by letter. At the feast one wag added to 
the cLurch. Five have united with them 
during the last nine months. 

— Bro. J. F. Ciine started on foot, Nov. 6, 
from Sherman Center, Kan., to Cheyenne 
Co., same S'ate, and as he walked over the 
beautif q1 prairies he was made to think of 
the wonderful works of God. By makicg 
frequent inquiries he found the home of Bro. 
Myers, where he was kindly cared for. On 
the 7th they had meeting in their sod meet- 
ing-house, and in the evening Bro, Ciine 
spoke to the people in Bro. Myers's home. 
Brethren Myers and Cakerice are the minis- 
tern in this church. Tne members are zeal- 
ous and active in the work. Bro. dice re- 
turned home, and soon afterward a brother 
came to him, who, upon presenting his letter, 
was found to be Bro Whisler. He said he 
beard cf Bro. C. through the Messekgek, 
axi4 so hunted him up, Bro, C, closes by 
saying: "I thought then, if some who do not 
take the paper knew what a comfort it is to 
us out on the border, they would help to send 
the Messenger all along the line of the front- 
ier. My prayer h that the editors may be 
blessed, and that the church will stand by 
and support them." 

Jan. 25, 1887. 



— Bro. Wilson Hutchison, of the Camden 
church, Jay Co., Ind,, says they held their 
communion Nov. ?>, and, as he learned, they 
had an ec j ^yable meeting, Bro. Spitzer re- 
mained with them two weeks, preaching the 
word. The church was built up, and sinners 
made to tremble. Bro. George Stump, of 
the Palestine church, solicited aid to assist 
the Camden Brethren in building their meet- 
ing-house, and received 148 02. Bro. Hutch- 
ison is much {ittlicted, and asks an interest 
in the prayers of God's people, that he may 
be restored to health, so that he may again 
go to work for the Master. 

—Bro. W. H. Miller, of the Filley church, 
Nebr., says: 'Oar first quarterly meeting is 
past. Had but very little business to attend 
to. The church is united on the decision of 
A. M. on the dress question. Owing to the 
removal of our elder, Henry Brubaker, to the 
mission field of Texas, the church held a 
choice for another elder. The lot fell on cur 
beloved brother. Eld. Osven Petere, of South 
Beatrice church. We are confident that he 
is the right man in tho right place. Bro. 
Ot^en preached for us on Sunday, after the 
council, to the edifying of saints and the 
awakening of sinners. Bro. Isaac Deli dis- 
tributed the bread of life on Saturday night, 
after council." 

— Underdateof Dec. 14, Bro. John Brindle, 
of Martinsburg, W. Va., gives an account of 
their love-feast. Bro. Wm. Koontz, of Shady 
Grove, Pa , and Bro. B. E Price, of Waynes- 
bo'O, were with them. They had a good 
meeting; a choice was held for a minister and 
Bro. E. P. MeConnaughey was called to the 
work and installed eceording to the order of 
the church. Bro. B. thinks that we should 
all follow the decision of Annual Meeting, 
and not install officers in the church unless 
they promise to abstain from the use of to- 
bacco. He eays, unices the ministers are free 
from this habit, we cannot expect the lay 
members to give it up. We agree with our 
dear brother, and express the hope that 
our ministering brethren will try to give up 
the habit. 

—Bro. John Herr writes of the advantages 
of McPherson Co, Kan., which are very 
great. Sorry we have not room for Bro. H's. 
entire letter. We can only quote as follows: 
"Bro. Bradly, who is an earnest and untiring 
advocate of the truth, says he has called for 
help so much in vain that he is almost dis- 
couraged. Now, brethren, are we all doing 
a full part in forwarding the cause we have 
espoused? Is there not one to be found 
among the many places where from three io 
six are waiting for their turn to preach, who 
would be willing, for the welfare of souls, to 
make this his home? One who is well ac- 
quainted with the gospel rules for church 
government, and is inclined to persuade rath- 
er than to drive, could do much toward gath- 
ering in those who are halting between two 

— Bro. Diin. Glick, of Lehigh, Jasper Co., 
Mo., reports pleasant love-feast meetiuge. 
Brethren Calp and Mohler, of Johnson Co., 
were with them. At the Clear Creek church 
a choice was held for a deaoon aud the lot 

fell on Bro. Joaiah Luster. One was added 
to the church by baptism. The B.'-ethren at 
this place are alive; they have a prayer-meet- 
ing every week. They have but one speaker 
and he is nearly seventy- three jears old and 
needs help. They have their meeting house 
80 that they can hold meetings in it in warm 
weather but they need some help to fiaish it. 
Any one feeling to help will send their dona- 
tions to John E. Johnson, Little Beck, Saline 
Co., Mo. The following sums have been re- 
ceived. T. D. Boeenberger, $2 00; Susan A. 
Turner, $5 00; Elvy Uiz, $5 00; John W. Hofi", 
$i 00; total, 13,00. 

Report of the Mission Board of 
Northern Illinois. 

Tee Mission Work is still prospering. We 
have encouraging news from Wisconsin. Bro. 
D. M. Miller has spent considerable time in 
that Stat?, and reports favorably. Two v/ere 
recently baptized and one reclHimed. Bro. 
D. B. Eby has lately returned from a four 
weeks' preaching tour in Wisconsin ; he re- 
ports a good opening there for missionary 
work which should be supplied by the Mis- 
eion Board, as they are in need of minister- 
ial aid. 

The Chicago Mission is placed in charge 
of Bro. J. G. Royer, and will be heard from 
in due course of time. The calls from South- 
ern Illinois are being responded to. It ie the 
duty of the Mission Board to eeek out the 
isolated places, and see that their wants are 
supplied. The command of the Master ie, 
"Go into all the world; preach the Word to 
every creature!" We should also lend our 
aid fiaansially, to assist in the same. We are 
glad to hear the good news all along the line 
of sinners returning to the Father's house. 
0. P. Rowland, Sec'y. 

The Book ami Tract Work. 


The following is a list of donations receiv- 
ed by the Book and Tract Work, from church- 
es and individuals, since the close of lest 
year's report. May 4, to Annual Meeting and 
up to Jan. 1, 1887. 


Upper Stillwater Church, O. $10 00 

Painter Creek Church, O 9 55 

White Cloud Church, Mo 2 25 

Waddam's Grove Church, 111 7 00 

Macoupin Creek Chiircb, 111 4 35 

Yellow Greek Church, Pa 20 00 

South Waterloo Church, la 8 00 

Brother and sister, Md 38 

Upper CodoruB Church, Pa 3 

Rock Creek Church, 111 25 

Belleville Church, Kan ,4 

.1 UNE. 

Eld. J. Wise 1 

Waddam's Grove Church, 111 1 

Sugar Creek Church, 111 

Pour Mile Ohmch, Ind 2 



Millmine Church, 111 2 20 

A. Shellabergar 50 

J. Cober, Ontario 1 00 

Bachelor Run Church, Ind 80 

Pine Creek Church, 111 8 50 

C. Weaver 1 00 

L. Stump 1 00 

A. Anglemyer 1 00 

Four Mile Church, Ind 10 20 

A sister 10 

Bethel Church, Mo 5 .30 


Big Grove Church, la 2 60 

Lick Creek Church, O 2 00 

Seneca Church, 1 00 


Covington Church, 10 00 

Deep River Church, la 1 25 

Maria Anderson 50 

Indiana County Church, Pa 3 00 

Lydia Newcomer 10 GO 

Timber villa Church, Va 7 00 

Ella Williams 2 00 

A. W. Shaffer 5 00 

D. Hyre.. 1 00 


L. West, for publishing S. Weir 

Tract 7 37 

Jonathan's Creek Church, 2 68 

Mt. Morris Church, lU 1 16 

Pleasant Hill Church, 111 3 00 

Duncansville Church, Pa 5 00 

Rome Church, O 2 45 

Pium Creek Church, Pa 2 55 

Union City Church, Ind 5 00 

Sslamony Church, Ind 5 80 

J, B. Priser 1 00 

Pleasant Hill Church, 111 2 97 

Sugar Creek Church, 111 1 80 

Lewistown Church, Pa. 6 00 

Millmine Church, 111 3 60 


Salem Church, O 11 68 

Lower Stillwater Church, O 20 00 

D. L. Miller, HI IS 75 

Grundy Center Church, la 4 25 

Lizzie Barndollar 1 00 


Lower Twin Church, 2 60 

Timberville Church, Va 10 00 

Cerro Gordo Church, 111 11 00 

Macoupin Creek Church, 111 3 00 

Silver Creek Church, Mich 10 79 

Cherry Creek Church, 111 10 45 

Anna Oaks 3 60 

Bedford Church, Va 1 75 

Roanoke Church, Va 7 75 

Contribution, sent by B. F. Moomaw . 3 75 

B. C. Moomaw 1 50 

Sister Oukeiman 1 00 

John Spidei 3 45 

Mt. Morris Churcb, 111 35 00 


Eel River Church, lad 2 82 

Woosler Churcb, O 7 00 

S. Biocher 1 00 

D. W^lls 1 00 

A brother o 00 

Chiques Churcb, Pci 15 00 

Hantiugdoa Cburcb, Fc, 1() 00 

White Churcb, Ind .,..-,,..,.. 5 00 

Saga: Creek Oiiarch, I!L , , 7q 



Jan. 25, 1887. 

Spricg Creek Cliurcb, Ind 1 To 

George Hoesack, Ontario 1 00 

A friend to the caxaoe, Ontario 1 00 

Millmine Ciinrcb, 111 2 18 

North Manchester Social meeting, 

Ind 5 00 

Clear Creek Church, Ind 5 00 

Kingman Church, Kan 1 30 

Pleasant Hill Church, 111 4 10 

Woodland Church, 111 1 10 

Bufl'alo Church, Pa 3 ;il 

Total S165 34 

The above is a correct list of the amounts 
received. If any error appears in the names, 
please call onr attention to if, and the correc- 
tion will be made. TTa tender cur thanks, 
on behalf of the ■work, to the kind donors as 
they appear in the above list. It ■will be 
seen by this report that less than "fifty" 
churches out cf our entire Brotherhood have, 
EG far, contributed to the support of the 
"work"' this year. A. total list of sixty only, 
last year and this to close of 1SS6, 

If all these who have not yet sent in their 
part, as the Lord has prospered them, will at 
once appoint eolieitors as Annual Meeting 
has instructed, and send ia such collections 
during the coming quarter, the "work" will 
receive means sufficient, with which to meet, 
measuredly, the demand for tracts and their 
distribution where they are most urgently 

Brethren, please let us hear from yon. 
Solicitors' blanks famished on application. 
Lifa-memberehip 820, and the member en- 
titled to draw yearly, one dollar's worth of 
tracts, and receive a copy oi the annual pub- 
lished report cf the work. Address Breth- 
ren's Book and Tract "Work, Dayton, Ohio. 
J. A. Hepnee, Treae. 

From i'lora, lud. 

I AM here in the field, working for the 
Lord. I have Just closed a meeting at the 
Whitehead hous?, near New Parie, Elkhart 
Co., Ind. There being other meetings near 
by, our congregaiions were small. The con- 
gregations are not as large as they were in 
former years, but some z'jalous workers keep 
the ship Zion moving. The Brethren here, 
as in other localities, have their drawbacks. 
Some who were once good and faithful work- 
ers in the Sunday-school and church, have 
concluded to walk no more with God's peo- 
ple. How sad! Such inflaences are demor- 
alizing in their nature, and have a tendency 
to lower our inilaence over our children. — 
The meeting closed with one accession. May 
God have all the praise for his great mercies! 

J. H. MlLLEE. 

Hudson Uaj)penings. 

On L>ec. 25, Bro. T. Keiser, of Pvoanoke, 
responded to the call "Come over to Hndson 
and help ua." For nine consecutive days he 
met a most attentive people, who listened to 
eleven discourses, p.nd they seemed to bo ap- 
preciated by all. His first cflort, so appro- 
piiate, was the "Incarnation;" geoood, "Wor- 

ship of God;" third, "The Lorft'd Prayer;" 
fourth, "Sin;" fifth, "Enoch Walked with 
God ;" sixth, "The Wonderful Woiks of God ;" 
seventh, "We Ought to Obey God Bather 
Than Men;" eighth, "All Things Are Now 
Beady;" ninth, "I Will Ariee and Go To My 
Father;" tenth, "The New Jerusalem;" and 
eleventh, "Attraction, 'And I, if I be lifted 
up, will draw all men unto me.' " Never was 
an old year more happily mustered oui than 
1SS6, in the Little Bethel church, at Hudson. 
Bro. Keiser then bade ua farewell, and re- 
turned home to his family, hi;.viug the best 
wishes of the people. As the new year was 
ushered in, we were greeted by Bro. 0. S. 
Holsinger and wife. Bro. H. continued the 
meetings seven days, and preached eight ser- 
mons, which seemed to be as keystones to 
the structure already commenced, doing bis 
most effective work where most needed — in 
the church. There were no accessions, but, 
after such a seed-time, surely there will be a 
harvest. On Jan. 10, Bro. ard sister Hol- 
sicger departed for their home, leaving us to 
often revert to one of the green spots in our 
pilgrimage. Thos I). Lyon, 

An Explanation. 

To the Donors oj ihe Brethren's Orphans' 

Home of the Southern District of Illinois: 
It appears that some of the donors 
think that, as soon as they hand in their 
claim, their amount will be refunded by 
return mail or soon afterwards. We have 
decided not to commence paying off any 
claims until the stated time has expired for 
receiving claims,— S^pt. 1, 1887. 

The farm is to be paid iu three annual 
payments. The first is due March 1, 1887. 
Household goods, etc., were given ten months' 
credit on all sums of five doliara and up- 
wards. If there is enough money on hand 
by next D. M., which occurs the latter part 
of September, 1887, we will then commence 
refunding, and, if there is not, wo will defer 
it until we have enough. Hope oar Breth- 
ren and friends will exercise patience liiitil 
all have handed in their claims and we will 
be prepared to meet them. We have reason 
to believe that there will be enough money 
to pay cff all the demands, by the time all 
money is paid in on sale of farm ttnd its eon- 

Some of the brethren are acting as coliect- 
ors for their church, or those living in their 
vicinity. This is a good plan, and will save 
us both time acfd expense in settlitg up. We 
shall give due notice in G. M , when we in- 
tend to commence refunding, and if any who 
have sent in their claims would want any 
change made in their address, or otherwise, 
before we commpcce refunding, they must 
notify the Secretary of the Board. 

We will publish the names of all claims 
sent to us by mail, in the G. M, cjnarteily, 
so that each one c*in see that his claim has 
reached ua. Where one person sends in 
names, we only publish the agent's name. 

Below we give the names that have reach- 
ed us by mail, up to Jan. 10; Henry J. For- 
ney, E. C Cohun, J. J. Fausnacht, C, L, 

Strong, Mathias Lugenfelter, Charles S. Mil- 
ler, John Neher, Levi Scott, K. Heckmau. 
By Order of Board of Trustees, 

E. W. HurroBD. 
Cerro Gordo, III. 

Our Journejiuj,' in the West. 

Cubing the extended journeying of my 
husband and myself, this past summer and 
fall, we met so many old friends, and made 
so many new ones, that o-ut of the fullness of 
the heart, we premised, upon our arrival 
home, to write to this one and that. We find, 
however, that to fill all these promises separ- 
ately would require the employment of an 
amenuecsis, therefore we take advantage of 
the wide- spread circulation of the Messengee 
to talk to them all at once. 

On the ISih of Jane we left our home for 
Annual Conference, Pittsburg, Ohio. Here 
we spent most pleasantly and profitably one 
week. From thence we went to Southern 
Illinois, where we stopped a few days. We 
then continued westward until we reached 
Trego Co, Kan, remaining there for nearly 
two months, having the pleasure of being 
present at the organization of the new church 
at Qainter. 

After a pleasant sojourn, we turned our 
faces eastward, tarrying in Brown County a 
month. From there we went to Dixon, 111,, 
and then to Mt. Morris. We shall not soon 
forget the bright and cheery faces that greet- 
ed us as we entered the Cjilege at that place. 
At Franklin Grove we enjoyed the blessed 
privilege of partaking of the holy eomman- 
ion, in company with friends ■who bed 
long ago left the Eistto make themselves 
homes in, wha't was then, the far West. Wa 
next visited the great city of Chicago, en- 
joying the good, and shutting our eyes to the 
evil. We found mach pleasure in driving in 
the park, and visiting the Exposition, to say 
nothing of the pleasure derived from the 
kindness and hospitality of our host and 

The approaching winter forced us to re- 
turn to our more southern home. Bat we 
lingered on our way a few days longer to en- 
joy the grandeur of Niagara Falls, whose 
magnificence we found to be as enchanting to 
ua as on the occasion of a visit years ago. 
After stopping a few days in Baltimore, Md., 
we arrived safely, God be praised and thank- 
ed, at our home, Monrovia, Md., on the 
18 ih of October. 

During ail of our travels we met with no 
accident and continued in good health, and 
w^ere spared to return, thanks to God. To 
all the dear people who entertained us so 
hospitably and kindly, we sincerely return 
thanks. Words would fail utterly to express 
the deep gratitude we shall ever hold in our 
hearts for them, each and every one. May 
God's choicest blessings crown them here, 
and give them an abundant entrance into the 
eternal reward. 

We are spending the winter in Baltimore, 
Md., and will be glad to have our friends ad- 
dress us here, at No. 1111, Edmaudson Ave, 
Cathaeine Ceonise Kessler. 
Baltimore, Md-, Jan. 10, 1S87. 

Jan. 25, 1887. 



From Florida. 

OuB love-feast took place at Keuka, Jan. 8 
The service commeneed at 3 P. M. The meet- 
ing was well attended by a very orderly class 
of people. The cjoimanioa services were 
very enjoyable, and greatly strengthened and 
encouraged the members. Iq the evening, 
just before the feast, two tender lambs were 
baptized in Lake Keuka, near the church. 
They are about twelve years of age. Eld. 
Philip A. Moore, of Woodford Co., 111., was 
with us and officiated at the feast. Ee and 
his wife are spendiDg the winter here. It will 
be cheerful news to his many friends to learn 
that since he came here, his eyes have great- 
ly improved. 

Bro. J. H. Garman, of Highland Co., O,, 
is also spending the winter here, and occa- 
sionally preaches for us. A number of mem- 
bers have moved to .Florida this winter, and 
others will be here soon. Oar »Sanday-school 
is in a flourishing condition, and is exceed- 
ingly interesting. One month ego I visited 
a point twelve milea north of Gainseville, to 
preach a funeral for a sister who moved 
there from Elkhait Co., Ind. Here I found 
a very kind claes of people, who have de- 
scended from families of members in Indi- 
ana. I had heard of them in a business way, 
but never learned that they were related to 
members in any way till I visited them. 
Oar people will ooon be scattered over vari- 
oas parts of Florida, then there will be 
much work for the missionary. We also have 
BC-7eral members in Manatee coiiaty, but no 
preaching outside of Patnam county, 

Keulca, Bla. J. H. Mooee. 

From Soiitlieru California. 

The afternoon of the last day of 1886 found 
my daughter Lizzie and myself on our way 
to Pasadena, a modern paradise in the way 
of beautiful residences and grand surround- 
ings. The orange groves, laden with golden 
frui^, with flowers all around was a Bcene of 
no little interest. The weather was delight- 
fully warm and pleasant. We spent a pleas- 
ant, interesting evening end night's sojourn at 
Bro. Moses Fiory's. We called the next 
morning to see a brother f^nd sister, lately 
from Kansap, who have bought a lot and 
built a house in the city. 

Friend Shively, of Kansss, accompanied us 
on our way through the groves and settle- 
ments along the base of the 8ieira Madre 
mountains, and throiigh the San Gabriel Val- 
ley, to Covina, where we arrived about noon. 
At 2 P. M. we met qaite a number o! the 
faithful in church council in the new meet- 
ing-house. Love and union seemed to char- 
acterize the body. There were six additions 
by letter. Thus the little band of brethren 
and sisters commenced the year 1887. 

The five resident ministers were all pres- 
ent. We had public preaching in the even- 
ing. The next day, Sunday, the meeting- 
house (the first ever built by the Brethren, 
in California, I believe), was dedicated to the 
Lord, as a sanctuary in which worship and 
praise could be given to him. The house is 
not yet finished in the interior, but in this 

mild climate there is no urgent necessity to 
finish it. It is the intention to do so as soon 
as the necessary means can be secured. We 
hope the General Church Erection and Mis- 
sion Board will remember us. The house is 
plain, bat neat and substantial. Public 
preaching again in the evenlDg. 

Monday morning we were notified that 
sister Maria Pulley, wife of Bro, John Pal- 
ley, of Grant Co,, Ind., had jast passed over 
the river of death. We, with other brethren, 
were called on Sunday to see her, and held a 
solemn eervice with her. She seemed pre- 
pared for the change, and had full confidence 
in the promises of her blessed Savior. 

She bad only been in California about one 
month, having come with the hope tla'ithe 
dread disease, consumption, would leave her. 
But the inroads of the disease had progress- 
ed entirely too far. She left a sorrowing 
husband and tivo email children to mourn 
for her, but living in the hope of a "sweet 
by and by." 

Returning home by way of Los Angeles, 
we visited the members living in that city, 
and found them all rejoicing in the love of 
God. The city is crowded with visitors from 
the East, as are all the surrounding towns. 
Some are compelled to camp in tents, or put 
up in lodgiog houses, built of tent material. 
The winter is unusually dry, and fears are 
entertained that a dry season will follow. Let 
that be as it may, our faith is, "God will pro- 
vide!' J. S. Flory. 

TnJitinga, Cal , Jan. 3, 1887. 

From Olatlie Cliurcli, Kan. 

A TRANSIENT Disciple divine, passing this 
way, deigned to cross the west end of our 
church territory and stop long enough to tell 
the difference between us. In company with 
three other brethren, we drove twelve miles 
to hear him, returning at two o'clock in the 
moriiii^g. We have been wondering ever 
since for what purpose we went. We were 
requested to be there, but notwithstanding 
that, we still wonder. We heard nothing but 
the old Gampbellite story — of "no church 
until Penteco&t," "the family feet-washing," 
"the one dip," Eph. 4: 5, and lastly, he eaid, 
when Christ said, "Baptizing them in the 
Father," "he did not mean that," and when 
he said "and of the Son" "he did not mean 
what he said," etc. We had to think that he 
was the most audacious per verier of God's 
Word that it was our lot to hear, for a long 
time. Oi course he presumed to say what he 
did mean, and people have the liberty to 
ehooee between the sayings of God and man. 
Old E!d. John Forney being present, replied 
in his characteristic way, and I am certain 
would the divine be willing to receive the 
truth, he would have enough to think 
aboii!^, for a while at least. 

At the close of the services, at the west end 
of the District, recently, an old brother who 
had been deceived (using his own words), 
and gone off with the Progressives, made ap- 
plication to be r<3-instated to the church. Aft- 
er the arrangfments were perfected, the 
brother repaired to the home of the old cou- 
ple, where they were received back to the 

fold. They have both passed the common limits 
of life, being over four score years old. We all 
rejoice with them, in their return to the old 
ship; hope they may hold out faithful until 
the end, which, naturally, cannot be far off. 

We have preaching every Sunday evening 
in town, to a large and interesting congrega- 
tion. The prospects are favorable for good. 
We have organized a Bible class, and we hope 
to report the organization of a Sanday-sehool 
and prayer-meeting soon. We need a revival 
in these things, which have lain dormant too 

Having just returned from Cass Co., Mo., 
we desire to say somethiag about the pros- 
pects of that coiinty, or more properly, of the 
caure of Christ there, and the reason I wish 
tosaysometbingig, to enlist the aid of the Mis- 
souri Brethren, I had only time to hold three 
meetings, and I must say that I was very fav- 
orably impressed with the people and pros- 
pects. There are only three members living 
in Everett township, that we can learn ot, 
.Bro. L. P, Donaldson and wife, formerly of 
Indiana, and a Bro. Dugginsfrom Tennessee. 
These were the first meetings held by any of 
our Brethren here. The people seemed so 
well pleased that the Baptist people desired 
to make arrangements with me, to come back 
once each month and preach for them, and 
they desire that our doctrine should be 
preached there, as they are anxious to hear 
it. They believe in feet-washing and some 
of the ordinances that they cannot enjoy in 
their own church, I expect to go back some 
time during the winter and preach a course 
of doctrinal sermons for them, as I had not 
time this time, I do think that this would 
be a good place for the missionaries to do 
work, for I am persuaded that among just 
such people as are living there much good 
can be done, 

Bro. Levi Eby, of Northern Kansas, is 
holding forth the Word, in the west end of 
our District now. We hope for a great re- 
vival ere he takes his departure. What a 
great pity that we have not some arrange- 
ments with a number of competent brethren, 
to remain in the field and at work all the 
time, especially in the West! There are 
many calls, very many, that have to go un- 
answered, because there are no arrangements 
to supply them, I know if we were as will- 
ing to give to the Lord, as we are to lavish 
money for our gi'atification, we would be 
able to support missionaries to woik all the 
time. But still, there is room to rejoice, 
not because we are doing as well as wo might 
do, but, because we are doing better than we 
did. By a coniinuation in that direction, we 
shall, by and by, do well. Let us hope and 
pray for success. J. B, Lair. 

Olaihe, Kan. 

From Maumee Churcli, Defiance Co., O. 

We have made arrangements for two series 
of meetings in the near future. The first is 
to commence Jan. 20, and to be conducted by 
Thurston Miller, of Wawaka, Ind, The sec- 
ond is to commence Feb. 12, in which Jesse 
Calvert promised to labor for up. 

Jacob Kintner, 



Jan. 25, 1887. 

From Garrison, Xel>. 

We have finally selected Sheridan County 
Xeb., Bs the location of a colony. There we 
found good soil (a dark, sandy loam), good 
water and a healthy locality, good for farm- 
ing and btock. There is still some vacant 
laud in this county, and claims can be had 
for from >^200 to ^^oOO. 

There are novr eleven members located 
there, aud twenty-one more will settle in 
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and we would like them to settle in this neigh- 
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and enjoy the privilege of worshipping to- 
gether. This, we think, will be better than 
going so far away from the church. 

"We will gladly answer all letters of inquiry. 
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Ben Tp.umpe, 
John Baker. 

In Memoriam, 

Maki, widow of the late Daniel Crouse, 
died in the Hickory Grove church, Carroll 
Co., III., Dec. 16th 1SS6, a;e3 77 years. Mary 
Maurer was born in Berks Co., Pa., Sept. 
3rd, 1809. While quite young her parents 
removed to Chester Co., Pa. In 1828 she 
was married to Daniel Crouse, continuing 
to live in Chester Co., until 1855, when they 
removed with their children to Carroll Co., 
III. Her parents were members of the 
Episcopal church, and she was reared in that 
faith. Later in life she united with the 
Brethren church at Coventry, Schuylkill Co., 
of which the venerable John Price was then 

Moving to Illinois, she became one of the 
earliest members of the Hickory Grove 
church, remaining a zealous communicant 
until her death. Her religours opinions were 
firmly fis9d. God's word, it, and it alone 
was the foundation of her belief; no doctrine 
or practice could find favor with her, which 
would clash with her understanding of the 
Bible. She was a punctual attendant at ail 
meetings of the church, always considering 
its claims paramount to worldly affairs. An 
unfailing charity characterized her, and the 
destitute never appealed to her in vain. She 
fully appreciated the advantages of educa- 
tion, rejoicing in our free schools, and the 
numerous Sanday-schoola throughout our 

Of a bright and joyous disposition, her 
presence seemed to alleviate pain, and drive 
away sorrow. A painful illness, added to the 
infirmities of age, caused her great suffering, 
but her faith in God's promises never wavered, 
and, in entering into the dark valley. His 
rod and staff sustained and comforted her. 

Her family and friends mourn for her not 
as those without hope, bat as for one gone 
before. A busy and useful life* ended in a 
calm and peaceful death, adding one more 
testimony to the triumphs of the cross. 
"Obi wond.'ous cross; tby miV'hly power, 

Hast made life's every burden blest: 
While age has found in death's dark hour, 
In thee— the path to endloss rest." 


I^iterary Notices, 

Aceidt'iits ,()i(i PoiifOiis : their IiCinrdif,'! and Jiiti- 
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above title, ccmes to us from the publishers, Rand, Mc- 
Nally A; Co., 148 to liA Monroe St., Chicago. The title, 
however, by no means covers the entire scope of the 
book; for we find iu its pages treatises on all common 
disorders, and at the end au illustrated chapter en sim- 
ple gymnastics, and another on domestic hygiene. The 
preface says: "This book is intended to furnish, in a 
C;3ndeused form, a knowledge of the physiological effects 
of accidents, and the proper methods of averting or 
lessening the peril and pain attendant upon them; the 
term. Accident, being used in a broad sense, to coverall 
cases of ordinary emergency." The work is well done, 
and we can tliink of little that could have been added to 
make the book more valuable in its field. It is profuse- 
ly illustrated and thoroughly indexed, and costs only 
twenty-five cents. 

Tin- Sociril Sfattis of European and American V\'ont- 
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facts relative to the social condition of women in Earope. 
It is well worth a perusal. 

TJie Faith ihat 2Ic(k-cs Faithfnl. Eight sermons by 
W. C. Gannett and J.L. Jones. Published by Chas. H. 
Kerr A.' Co., Chicago, 130 small pages, in paper, 50 
cents; cloth, §1.00. The book opens with a sermon en- 
titled, "Blessed be Drudgery," or the cnJturc that comes 
ihrongJi drudgery. It is full of good, helpful words, 
and no one can read it without feeling that what has all 
along seemed mere drudgery and plodding toil, has been, 
after all, the very discipline that has made, and is mak- 
ing any success in life possible. It is, to quote from the 
author, "My daily task, whatever it be, that is what 
mainly educates me. All other culture is mere luxury, 
compared v/ith what that gives. That gives the indis- 
pensable. Yet, fool that I am, this pressure of my daily 
task is the very thing that I growl at as my drudgery." 


GOODYEIR-STR^USBURG.— NearCenterview, Mo , 
Dec. 29, Bro. C. B. Gjodyear, of Great Bend, Kan , 
and Miss Lovie Strausburg, of .Johnson Co., ]\Io. 

P. S. Gabman. 

WHITE — HANAWALT. — At the residence of the 
bride"s mother, sister Nancy Hanawalt, Dec. ^'i, by 
Eld. Abraham Myers, Mr. George White and sister 
Caddie Hanawalt, both of McVeytown, Mifflin Co., 
Pd. PiOSiE Skowijeeger. 

LIVENGOOD— OGAN.— At the residence of the officiat- 
ing clergyman, .1. R. Crumvme, Nov. 28, David Liven- 
good and Sarah Alice Ogan, both of Waljash Co , Ind. 

GILBERT— LOT' IS.— At the re.5idence of the bride's 
parents, by the undersigned, Dec. 21, Bro. Jonas K. 
Gilbert and sister Mary Louif?, both _ of Wabash Co, 

HARPil.S-ELLlOTT.— At the home of the bride, by the 
undersigned, Dec. .30, James Harris and Anna Elliott, 
both of Wabash Co., Ind. J. P. Ceumrinb. 

FOREMAN— DOTTERER.— At the residence of Bro. 
Joshua Dolterer, near Double Pipe Creek, Md., Nov 
18, Albert Foreman and sister Martha A. Dotterer. 

KOONTZ-.SNOOK.— By the same, Dec. !), Milton E. 
Koontz and sister Annie E. Snook. 

BLrCKEN.STAFF- FLOHR.— Atthe residence of Bro. 
John R. Flohr, Fountain Dale, Adams Co., Pa., Jan. 
2, Jacob M. Blicken:;tafF and Annie M. Flohr. 

ROE?CH-OBHNGER..— In Quinter, Gove Co., Kan., 
by the writer, Dec. V-), Bro. Jacob C. Roesch and sis- 
ter Ella E. Oblinger, all of the Quinter church. 

J. W. Haw>-. 

GOMLR-DILLING.— At the residence of George Ditl- 
ing, near Delphi, Ind., by S. W. Cilery, Marion Co- 
mer and Anna Dilling. 

MILLION— DILLING.— At the tame place, and by the 
same, Washington Million and Barbara Dilliug, 

ROWLAND— WISE.— At the residence of the bride's 
father, Dec. !), Haiv°y Rowland and sisterSarah Wise. 

J. B. SniBK. 

EVANS-SNAVELY,—A.t the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Kearney, Nebr., Jan. 2, by Eld. David 
Dechtelheimer, Mr. Peter G. Evans, of Adams Co., 
Nebr., and sister Ida E. Snavely. 0-. D. Lyon. 

BROWER-THOMAS.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Washington Co,, Iowa, Dec. 23, Samuel F. 
Brower, of Sidney, Neb,, and Virginia D. Thomas. 

H,. R. Taylor. 

TROWBRIDGE— LONG.— At the residence of J. G. 
Winey, Dec. 22, Jay James Trowbridge and Anna M. 
Long, all of Ionia Co., Mich. 

EASTON— DOWNS.-At the residence of N. Trapp, 
.Tan. 9, friend Delana N. Easton and sister Elmeda 
Downs, all of Vernon Co., Mo. 

GIBBEL- BRUBAKER.— At the residence of the 
bride'd parents, in the Pleasant Hill church, Girard, 
Macoupin Co., 111., by Eld. J. W. Harshbarger, Jan. 
11, Bro. Abraham B. Gibbel, of Auburn, Sangamon 
Co., 111., and sister Emma A. Biubaker, of Girard, 
Macoupin Co., III. J. D. Beubaker. 


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

GRISSO.— In the Donnel's Creek church, Clark Co., 0.. 
Oct. 28, of diphtheria, Harry, son of Bro. Joseph and 
sister Sarah Grisso, aged 8 years, 8 months and 4 
days. He was suddenly snatched from the embrace 
of fond parents to join his many relatives on the ever- 
green shore. Services by Bro. Henry Franiz, ofNew 
Carlisle, Ohio. L, S. Grisso. 

KESLING. — In the Roann church, Ind., Jan. .5, of lung 
fever, George, son of sister Susan (wife of friend Titus 
Kesling, deceased), aged 13 years and 4 months. He 
was loved by all who knew him, because of his kind, 
manly principles and the special kindness manifested 
to his bereaved mother since the death of his kind fa- 
ther, two years ago. Services by David Swihart, from 
Isa. 35: 4, to a large and attentive concourse of sym- 
pathizing friends and relatives. 

GEPHART.— In the William's Creek church. Cook Co., 
Tex , Dec. 13, of heart disea-e, sister Cora Alice, wife 
of Bro. Lewis Gephart, aged 20 years, 10 months and 
4 days. She leaves a husband and a young babe. Ser- 
vices by Henry Brubaker and A, W, Vaniman, 

FORKER. — Near Union Mills, Mahaska Co , Iowa, Jan. 
1, of lung fever, infant son, of Mr. and Mrs. Forker, 
aged 1 month. Services by S. P. Aliller. 

SPRANKLE.— In the West Nimishillen church, near 
Crystal Spring, Ohio, Dec. 2-j, sister Susanna, wife of 
Bro, Henry Sprankle, deceased, aged G4 year.^, 11 
months and 2.5 days. 
Bro. Henry died Dec. 1, and his remains were plac- 
ed in a vault until the 28th, when the two corpses were 
laid side by side in one grave. Both were born in De- 
cember, both died in December of. the same year, and 
both were buried on the same day, in the same grave. 
Burials are as common as minutes, but such a scene is 
seldom witnessed. Sei vices in the Mud Brook meeting- 
house, by Eld. Noah Longanecker and Charles Kinsley, 
from Gen. 42: 36. Samuel Sprankle. 

BARNHIZER.— Near Mt, Morri-s III., Oct. 6, 1886, Bro. 
John Barnhizer, aged 74 yeais. 
Our dear old brother has been are.sident of Ogle Co , 
111., for 47 years. Some years ago he became a member 
of the church, and was faithful to tbe end of his life. 
He was generous in his disposition and contributed lib- 
erally to the mission work of the church. We weie accus- 
tome<l to meet him often in Mt. Morris, where he usual- 
ly made his home, part of the year with his daughter. 
He was seldom absent from our meetings. A bout a year- 
ago he took sick with dropsy, and when we last visited 
him he sa'd he had not long to stay with us. We be- 
lieve he has gone home to rest with God. He leaves a 
family of eight sons and daughters. Services by Bro. 
D. E, Price, at Salem church. D. L. M. 

J an. 25, 188?; 



LINGER.— In tlie North Be itrice cliuicli, Nebr., Jan. 
2, Bfo. Henry Linger, aged 20 years, 11 months and 
10 days. He was a man of excellent habits, and bore 
his lingering sufferings with Christian patience. He- 
was baptized about two weeks beibre his death. Tlio 
Scripture text selected for the funeral occasion, by his 
sister Minnie, was found in Matt. 24: 44, Thus, oie 
by one, we are passing away. A. VanDykk. 

E03S.— At SunBeld, Eaton Co., Mich., Jan. 8, 1887, of 
cancer in the mouth, Bro. Samuel Ros.?, aged 74 years, 
5 months and 14 days, 
Hro. Ross was boin in Maryland, and at the age of 
52 emigrated to the Stale of Michigan. About 13 years 
ago he became a member of our church, and remained 
faithful to the end. Ho was a minister in the second de- 
gree, and was prompt and zealous in his calling. Tlie 
dread disease of which he died, destroyed part of his face, 
but he never murmured. He selected 2Tim. 4:4, Sas 
a text for his funeral services, which he selected the writ- 
er to conduct. B&K.TAMIN FilVFOGLE. 

HA.RDMAN.— In the Fairview church, Appanoose Co., 
Iowa, Oct. 17, Daniel \V. Hardman, nged 55 years, 9 
months and 9 days. 

HARDMAN.— In the same church, Dec. 15, Elizabeth, 
wife of the above, aged 55 years, 9 raoaths and 7 days. 
They were both lively members of the Brethren 
church, and have reason to believe that they fell asleep 
iti Jesus. Six children are left to mourn their loss, but 
they need not mourn as those who have no hope. The 
attendance at the interment was very large. The funer- 
al will be preached some time in the future. Their de- 
parture is very much felt, both in the church and neigh- 
borhood, but we hope that cur losa is their great gain. 

Martin Rkplogle. 

STAYER.— At Bedfoid, Pa., Nov. 29, Joseph S. Stayer, 
aged 32 years, 10 months and 8 days. 
A few days before he died he bade fair for a long 
and useful life, but was taken suddenly ill with cram.p in 
the bowels, which baffled the skill of seven doctors for 
three dav:s. They did all in their power to his life, 
lut God saw fit to call him away, leaving an aged moth- 
er, two brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss. A 
very large congregafc on of relatives, friends and neigh- 
bors came together to pay their last tribute of respect to 
the departed. Having died outside of the church, yet 
we are confident that ho advocated the doctrine of 'he 
Brethren, and had a warm fi elirg for the church. He 
is in the hands of an all-wise God, who will have abun- 
dant mercy. To the beieaved mother, brothers and sis- 
ters we say, Put your trust in God, and pray earne!^t!y. 
Services by brethren C. L, Buck and Joseph Rep'ogle, 

from John 11 : 15. D. L. Replogle. 


BARKLOW.— Near Myitle Point, Oregon, Aug. 11, 
Nancy, wife of Albert Barklow, and daughter of A. 
H. and Sophia Snyder, aged 30 years, 9 months and 1 
day. She leaves a hu-band and five small children to 
mourn their loss. Services by Rev. Ward, of the Sev- 
enth Day Adventists. Thomas Caukt.ow. 

PETERS.- Near Mt. Sidney, Va , Jr. 6 Emma J,, 
daughter of Wm. and Julia Peters, aged 12 years, 7 
months and 6 days. She leaves a father, mother and 
three sisters, and has gone to meet her three Lltle 
brothers. Seivices by A. D. and Levi Garber. 

Pkiscilla E. Gakber. 

FRY.— Near Covington, Ohio, Dec. 6, of diphtheria, 
Hettie May, daughter of Bio. Je.ste and sister Mary 
Fry, aged 4 jears, 6 months and 16 days. Hettie 
was a dear little girl, and has gone to dwell with the 
angels in heaven. Ella M. Ijjman. 

KAPP.— In the Rock Creek church, Jordan, VVhites-ide 
, Co., Ill , Jan. 8, Geo. Kapp, aged 75 years, 8 months 
and 5 days. He was born in Daup lin Co , Pa, Iilay 
3, 1811. Services by brethren M. Kimmel and J. My- 
ers, from Heb. 8; 9. 

FULTON.— In Huntington Co., Ind , Dec. 29, Sarah 
Fulton, aged 76 years, 6 months and 19 days. 
Deceased was not a member of any church. Her 
funeral was largely attended, notwithstandirg a stormy 
day. Her maden name was Si rah Read. She was 
born June 10, 1810, in Cumbeiland Co., Pa., and married 
to Wm. Clayton in 1842. She was married to John 
Fnlton in 1852, residing in Huntington Co , Tnd,, until 
her death, Services by the writer, assisted by D Shide- 
ier. Samusl Murray. 

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During Spurgeon's ministry in London, he re- 
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IIow natural it is for each church to think that 
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In places there is considerable complaining 
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where there is perpetual summer, and flowers 
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the body would certainly be desirable, but a sum- 
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warmth that the chilling winds cannot drive away. 

rRo:M reports coming in of meetings being held, 
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ficiency as well. God has so ordered that all 
things shall be done through the instrumentality 
of men, even to the saving of souls. He works 
through his people, and if we would be his people 
we must do his work. 

A REPORTER from St. .Joseph Valley ciiurch, 
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man or woman that careth not beyond clothing 
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and potatoes. It must have intellectual and spir- 
itual food, such as we get from good books, papers 
and the Bible. Ssek after these things, and you 
will experience a thriving of the soul that will do 
the body good. 

The subject for our last prayer-meeting was, 
'Our Christian Duties." The general thought ex- 
pressed was, that they are greater, and more of 
them than we generally suppose. The Cain Spirit, 
"Am I my brother's keeper';'" has taken a light 
grip upon us, and the general opinion seems to be 
that we have enough to do to keep ourselves, and 
take care of the ego. Such a selfisii spirit, howev- 
er, would give us a bad world. There is nothing 
that giv9s so much sunshine to the world— joy 
and peace to the individual heart as the carrying 
out of the old golden rule, "Do unto others as you 
would have them do unto you." 

A SISTER gives us a scolding because we 
allowed somebody, through the Messenger, to 
speak disparagingly of the Salvation Army and its 
modes of working. She thinks that the time has 
come that we must go out into the highways and 
hedges to gather in laborers for the Lord's vine- 
yard, and, as these people are doing this, we should 
bid them God-speed. We feel that our sister is 
mistaken as to the character of the work of the 
Salvationists, and that the course they pursue is 
neither orthodox nor apostolic. "Not every one 
that says Lord, Lord, shall inherit Ihe kingdom, 
but they that do the will of my Father which is in 

The exceedingly cold weather we have had 
throughout the Northern States, has turned the 
minds of many towards the Sunny South. It is 
true, our winter, so far, has been rather cold, and 
it is quite natural for some to feel that we are ha^ - 
ing too much freeze and ice, but, if, with warm 
hearts, we pull througli, will we not, by the con- 
trast, enjoy the summer and its sunshine all the 
more? A certain amount of change seems to be 
essential to our being, but there is a possibility of 
there being too much of a good thing. The South 
is not wittiout its attractions and advantages.— 
This is especially so since Northern enterprise is 
entering all its parts and adding new life to the 
manufacturing interests there. The South has 
many wonderful resources, and all that is necessa- 
ry to make them productive and proti table is labor, 
capital and push. 

Bro. W. -J. SwiGART, on his return from the 
Green Tree church, Fa., reports a very pleasant 
and interesting meeting. During its continuance, 
while he was there, about forty came out and made 
a public profession for Christ. The meeting is 
still in session, with good prospects, as the ifiter- 
est remained unabated. We are glad to receive 
such good news from the "Green Tree," and hope 
the name may ever remain significant, and that a 
perpetual freshness for the Lord's work may be 
its true characteristic. 

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Devotion is the opposite of the "poverty plea." 
It is sacrificing for the good of others. The fami- 
ly relation can be made use of as an illustralion. 
Children ought to show devotion to their parents 
as a return for their devotedness to them— they 
ought to be willing to make sacrifices for their 
good — their enjoyment. This is right and reason- 
able, but it is not quite the kind of devotion that 
Christ asks of us. The sacrifices he wants us1o 
make, in our devotedness, are of a different char- 
acter—not for his good, his enjoyments — but for 
our own. All the devotedness we can give him 
he turns back in blessings upon our own heads 
and lives. Another happy thought is, that in our 
devotedness to Christ and his cause there are no 
small things; they are all parts of a great whole. 
This thought is illustrated by the small ballots 
used at our late elections. The piece of paper used 
is very small, but it represents a part of a great 
whole. Add them together, and they may cliange 
the government.of a countj^ a State and a nation. 
So it is in our little acts of devotion. They may 
seem small, but when put together become great, 
and may change the character and destiny of our 
whole lives. Tlie widow's mite was a small bit, 
yet it was as great in value as any one of the thou- 
sand cast in by the rich. Our devotion to the Mas- 
ter is measured by the quality, rather than its 
massiveness. The heart devotion that attends the 
gift is of greater consequence than the gift itself. 
Hence there can be nothing to hinder or discour- 
age us in our devotions to Christ. Only what we 
have, we should give in the true spirit, and our of- 
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Word of Iruth. 


lY E. A. Or.R. 

1. That all men are eold under sin is the 
teetimoiiy of history and our daily experi- 

2. That we, of oureelve?, are utterly help- 
less, both ia laying and executing plans of 
deliverance, is eqar.lly well established. 

3. Xot to know that my sins are pardoned 
is the same as if they were unpardoned: I 
cannot rejoice in pardon unless I have the 
fullest assurance of that fact. "TTe know" 
say Paul and John {'2 Cor. 5: 1; 1 John 2: 

4 Again, not to know that I am pardoned 
and jubtified is to live in doubt and uneer- 
tainty; and to live in doubt is to live in a 
state of condemnation. (Rom. 1-i: 23.) 

0. The importance, yea, the necessity of 
such knowledge is admitted. "From whom 
end how am I to get it?" 

G. I can never know that I am pardoned 
except by an announcement of that fact from 
the offended party. A can never know that 
B has pardoned him, unlets he receives from 
B, directly or indirectly, an announcement to 
that effect. However, the announcement gets 
to A it must crigirate with B. No amount of 
testimony can satisfy A unless the witnesses 
can make him understand that the announce- 
ment is B's and that they deliver it juet as it 
came from B's mouth. It will not do for the 
messengers to say, ''T7e know B is a good and 
merciful mac, and we are certain he has par- 
doned you. He is too good to condemn you." 
A must, in reason, reply, "I don't want your 
opinion: I want to knov? what B said, for you 
can know nothing of B's feelings unless he 
reveal them. The question i3*'What Has B 
revealed to you on this point?' " 

7. Sinners we are, God is the offended par- 
ty. If we are ever to know that we are par- 
doned and justified it must be by an an- 
nouncement from him. Again, if we are ever 
to know anything about it, it must be by the 
knowing process. "We know of four, and only 
four channels through which we receive facts 
of any kind. Here they are: (l) intuition — 
primary and self-evident truths; (2) con- 
ciousnees — knowledge of our own mental 
state and conditions; (3) aensation— through 
the five senses; C4j testimony — faith in wit- 
nesses. Now, if we can know anything about 
anything it must be through one of these 

8. Pardon is an act of God — an act of the 
offended party. Tho sinner does not pardon 
himself. Pardon, then, is something that 
takes place in and with God and for the sin- 
ner: not something that takes place in, with, 
and by, the sinner. God and the sinner are 
persons; and what is done in God can never 
be known by the sinner unless he choose to 
reveal himself. Again, if God ever reveals 
himself to man it must be through man's 
knowing powers, God made man's knowing 

powers that he, through them, might reveal 
himself: man was created to honor his Mak- 
er. He needs no new powers. 

9. No one will be so devoid of common 
sense as to claim that the pardon of his sins 
is an intuition — a self-evident, undeniable 
truth; like "The whole is equal to the sum of 
its parts." Knowledge of pardon is not so 
certain as to proof unnecessary; hence 
not intuitive. 

10. Is it a matter of consciousness? Con- 
sciouenees has only to do with my own men- 
tal state and conditions. I think and at the 
same time I know that I am thinking. So of 
feeling and willing. Not to know that I 
think and feel and will is not to do them. 
This knowing is consciousness. It does not 
go beyond self, and self- conditions. If the 
sinner pardoned himself he would be con- 
eious of it; but it is an act by another and 
outside of himself. The knowledge of it, 
then, must come through some other channel 
than consciousness. 

11. We are cut off from intuition and con- 
sciousness. What about sensation? A few 
eimple questions will settle this matter. (1) 
Did you ever have a vision from heaven that 
loolced like your sins were pardoned? (2) Did 
your ever hear a voice from heaven saying, 
'T am the Lord, thou art James; and thy sins 
are forgiven thee." Eemember a voice not 
understood, and the source of which is not 
known, is worth nothing. (3) Have you re- 
ceived from the paradise of God an odor that 
smeZZs like your sins were forgiven? And 
how do you know its smell may not be inter- 
preted in some other way? (4) Have you re- 
ceived an apple from the tree of life or a cup 
of water from the river of life that iasies like 
your cine were pardoned? If eo, how do you 
know that it does not taste like something 
else? (5) Did you ever have a sensation of 
touch, an affecting of the sensory nerves 
that felt like your sins were pardoned? If so 
where did you have that feeling? And how 
do yon know that it does not mean something 
else? This is enough to show any sound 
mind that the knowledge of pardon and jus- 
tification is not a matter oi feeling. Spiritu- 
al blessinge are spiritually not naturally, dis- 
cerned. We see them with the reason, and 
not with the eye. (1 Cor. 2: 10-16.) 

12. We have found now by a process of 
reasoning that man can receive knowledge 
from God in only one way. Every other 
channel is closed : they are not long enough 
to reach heaven. If we find that the Script- 
ures say this very channel — the only one left 
— is the very one through which God does 
give us the desired knowledge, we have two 
witnesses to the fact — the two highest wit- 
nesses, reason and the spirit of God. 

13. The Scriptures say, we are "justified by 
faith," we "live by faith," and we "walk by 
f!*ith." (Kom. 1: 17; 5: 1, 2; 2 Cor. 5: 7; Gab 
3:ll;Eph. 3: 17; Heb. 10: 38.) Here we 
have the Holy Spirit saying that all we do or 
can know in our Christian life is by faith 
which is based upon testimony. The apos- 
tles were "witnesses" and were to "testify" 
and all we know or can know is by their tes- 
timony of things received from Jesus. Christ 

is the Word of God, that is, through and by 
him we know all about God we can know. 
(Luke 10: 22; 1 John 1: 1, 14, 18) The 
apostles couiJ say we have "seen" and 
"heard" and "handled" of this Word. They 
have all the qualifications to make good wit- 
nesses. They show that Christ ia able and 
willing, even desirous to forgive us our sins. 
Yea, more, they testify that he has made pro- 
vision for the sblvation of all, through volun- 
tary suffering for them; and has promised, cu 
certain conditions, to pardon them. These 
conditions are (1) faith, (2) repentance and 
(3) baptism. (Matt. 28: 19, 20; Mark 16: 14- 
16; Luke 24: 40-49; John 20: 30, 31.) They 
ask us to look back over the history of God's 
dealings with the human race and see if he 
has not kept his promises. God does not ask 
us to "Believe that he is and that he is a re- 
warder of them that diligently seek him," 
without giving us the testimony; for he says, 
"Faith comes by hearing" testimony. (Heb. 
11: 6; Rom. 10: 17) Upon this testimony 
God aaka ua to believe, (1) in his existence, 
(2) in his power, and (3) in his promises. 
These things we know by faith andean never 
know them in any other way. He says fur- 
ther: "I have promised to pardon you if ynu 
believe, repent and &re baptized. You know 
whether you have done these things or not; 
and you know 1 will and must keep my 
promises, for I cannot lie." You, then, have 
two witnesses that you are pardoned, ( 1 ) that 
of your own spirit, (2) that of the Holy Spir- 
it. (Rom. 8: 16. ) I know then that my eins 
are pardoned. I know by the testimony of 
witnesses; hence, by faith. This is God's 
way of making known that fact. We know 
of no other. 

14, Sinner, God only can pardon sins, God 
only can give you the assurance of pardon; 
and when he does so, you can "go on your 
way rejoicing." Feeling comes after assur- 
ance, not before. We are not pardoned be- 
cause we /ceZ; but we feel because we are 
pardoned. Feeling is no evidence that we 
are pardoned; but it is the result of that evi- 
dence. Oh! sinner, we would have you re- 
joice. But we would have you "rejoice in 
the truth." When God says he will give us 
knowledge in a certain way, this is enough; 
all other ways are uncertain. Sinner, you 
want to make sure work. A mistake here 
will be fatal, "To the law and to the testimo- 
ny." Believe, eepent, OBEY. 



— Of course when our friends die, we love 
to tell to the world the facts of their life 
and death. How strange that we are so 
anxious to tell to the world of their demise! 
It seems that the sadness would lull ua to 
silence, but such ia not the case; we wish 
the whole story to go to the world, and aa 
that is the desire, we cannot blame people 
much for it, but now, do you not think that 
there have been just a few too many "Memo- 
riama" published of late? One thing I do 
know, if there were fewer written, there would 
be fewer published. 

Feb. 1, 1887. 



— It may ba a long time before even a 
Christian may realize withia himself, for 
what purpose Matt. 5: 11 and 12 was 
written, but eome do realize it. When 
will Brethren cease to preach their own 
notions, aud preach the gospel and noth- 
ing else. It does seem to me that Matt. 18: 
10, will not warrant saying, that angels carry 
our prayers to God, John 15: 16 and 16: 23; 
also, John 14: 13 and 14 to the contrary. 

— Why do preachers in opening a subject, 
so often indulge in telling their congrega- 
tion what they are going to teil them? 
Why not jast tell it and be done with it? I 
have noticed that they forget to teil what 
they said they would tell — often. 

— My friend, do you believe the gospel ? Do 
youbelieveit all? Why of course! Now, do 
you believe Christ's own words— and when 
they are plainly spoken too. Of course, why 
should I not? Well, please turn to the 3fd 
chapter of John, and read the 5th verse. 
What do you think of that now ? Oh well, 
oh well! — Oh well, what? You qaid you 
believed Christ's word, and is not that plainly 
spoken? It might mean something else, yes, 
and it might not; what does w-a-t e r mean? 
We ail know, of course. Did Christ know? 
I guess so. If I would erase the clause "and 
of water," you would believe it, would you 
not? Oh well — well — oh well. I see you 
say, and do not. You believe the Savior's 
words, but in reality you do not; you will not 
accept the Savior's own teaehirtge, and how 
can you expec!: to be saved ? You will accept 
only a par/ of his word, just such as suits 
you; pray tell how you can tell. By what 
rule can yon know what to accept, end what 
to reject? Well, we will talk about that some 
other day. Good day. 

— That little squad of Brethren standing to- 
gether not long since, discussing temperance, 
and agreeing that it meant, as Webster has it, 
— a moderate use of liquor, probably did not 
think of the true nature of their argument. 
The reason that we dare not do many thing?, 
is because they are bad, or wrong. I must 
not steal. I must not even covet. I must 
not swear. Why ? Because it is bad to do 
so. I may drink moderately, however, may 
I, because moderate drinking is not bad? 
Is that the answer? Well then, let us drink 
moderately a while and try it. It don't cost 
very much, only ten cents a drink, and that 
not more than three or four times a month, 
besides I don'fi buy more than three or five 
gallons a year. Indeed, I don't spend more 
than $10 per year, and that is not much. 
But now just look, $10 spent to gratify an 
unnatural appetite, the cultivation of which 
often ruins, drags the body to a premature 
grave, and the soul to hell ! 

— If it is not so bad to drink moderately, 
just think of the example, — such an example 
for evil ; an example of a habit, that entails 
misery. On so many thousands of fellow- 
beings. Paul does say, "Let your moderation 
be known unto all men," Now, if I must 
drink a little, — be moderate in order to let 
my moderation be known unto all men, must 
I swear a little, must I lie a little, defraud a 

little, steal a little— just a litt'e, moderately, 
you know, that people may know that I can, 
and do use moderation, and in order to be 
temperate — you kaow? 

— Everybody agrees that such reasoniag 
is uareaaonable and uusoutid, and such con- 
duet would be bad, very bad, but such reason- 
ing is just about as good aa to reason that 
we must drink a little in order to be temper- 
ate. 'Shall we sin that grace may abound? 
God forbid." When shall we be willing to 
offer ourselves "a willirg sacrifice" to God? 
When will we be purged from ail catniility? 
Oh when shall we be wholly consecrated to 
God, trying to please God alone, and not 
ourselves, our carnality ? 

— This is Christmas eve, and while the 
multitude went down town to tLe Christmas 
trees, and other things which are gotten up 
for amusement, I was just thinking about 
the eve preceding the biith of our Savio:-. 
As it was not known, there were no 
preparations made, no jubilees, nor socialg. 
But how about heaven? It seems to me the 
angeis were tuniagt heir barpe, ready to sing 
"together for joy" and proclaim, "Peace en 
earth and good will to men." Methinks the 
entertainment among the angelic host was 
altogether different to what the world ia treat- 
ed to now-a-days, on the supposed anniversary 
of that memorable night. Just why the 
night should be turned into reveling instead 
of praise, I am a a loss to kaow. But I 
presume it is the world's way of perverting 
the good and turning it to the advantege of 
the evil one. And let ug be caref ai that we 
do not allow oarselves to partake of the 
wickedness that is so freely indulged in. 
Well, if it is not wrong to have Christmas 
trees, and jollifications in churches — I should 
not have used the term "wickedness" — guess 

— New Years Eve. — The old year stands 
before me in the pall of death, weary and 
wayworn, and as I contenplate him, memories 
both pleasant and mournful come over me. 
Many are the blessings he brought, that we 
were not even thankful for, so thoughtless 
and negligent are we. Still blessinga and 
mercies were renewed every day. Yet we 
feel to praise God for what the yecir has 
brought ns, and for what it hag taken away. 
It has brought us many joyei and opportunities 
to do good, and if we have improved the 
opportunities, we have "laid up treasures in 
heaven," and, no doubt, many reverses and 
sorrows have been hid, and tempered by 
mercies, that we did not drink the bitter cup 
which we might have done, had it not been 
for intervening mercies. 

— But many of our friendg and loved ones 
have been taken from U3, and are now hid 
under the clods of the valley. Still we have 
the consolation that they are with their Goi 
— at rest from the sorrows of this life. Also 
many ho]?cs have been rooted up from our 
heart's garden, that we had planted there, 
and their clustering buds have fallen, iev<:r 
to quicken into life again. Bat amid all, 
there has been a protecting and merciful 
hand over us, and we have been brought 
through another year, even unto its close, en- 

joying more blessings and mercies than we 

— And as the midnight hour approaches, 
methinks I see the new year standing ready 
to enter upon its course, smiling with many 
promises to all. I wonder how it can be so 
bright and joyoua, when it has only one 
short year to live, only 365 risings and 
settinge of the sun, and then go to the realm of 
the past, as have all its predecessors. Only 
one short year to live. But oh, what all may 
transpire in that short year. Shall we use 
it for good to ourselves and the glory of God, 
or shall we spend it only to our shame and 
woe? The year promises jast as many bless- 
ings and mercies and opportunities to do 
good as ever any year did, but shall we use 
it ? We remember many things that occurred 
during the past year. If they have been good 
deeds, may we not do better? If they have 
been the reverse, now is a good time to try 
and improve and do better. 

— This may be our last year on earth. This 
may be the year that will mark the close of 
our existence here. Doubtless many who read 
this, even thoughtlessly, will have the date 
1887 placad upon their tombstone, and, oh, 
what a flDod of tears may and doubtless will 
he shed during this year! And how many 
heartaches, and how many s^rros^s shall this 
year bring forth! It makes our blood run 
cold to contemplate it — should we behold ail 
at once, we could not bear the ordeal — the 
promised joys could not soften our acgaiah. 
But our Father in his wisdom, has veiled the 
future, aud we are not able to pierce it with 
our keenest vision, for "sufficient to the day 
is the evil thereof." 

— Now if every individual would foim a 
resolution to do and be better this year than 
ever before, and put that resolution into 
practice, the world would be better at the 
end of 1887 than before. And especially 
should the Christian put that resolution into 
practice. Then, what a good church woald 
we have, what peace and love, and union, 
fellowship and friendship would we etjoj ! 
I just now wonder how many can, at the end 
of this year, look back and say of a trath, 
that they have lived and done better than 
they did before? Will there be any that 
cannot say it? If so, life is a failure to 
them — they are not ready to change worlds, 
not prepared to live beyond this vale of 
tears. _ 



'Tm a happy pilgn'ni here, 
And no dauger do 1 fear, 
Foi my Savior's always near, 
To befriend me and to cheer, 
'' I will follow in his way, 
Aud beiievingly I'll pray, 
To get home with him to stay. 
There to praise, rt-j jice 
Oh my Savior." 

These words were composed by Bro. Hilde 
Satton, who has gone to rest from his labors 
here on earth. This is only the first which 
I here present, flow encouraging is it to the 
pilgrim, who can sing these precious words 
in the right spirit, having the true meaning. 
The contented are always the happiest. We 



Fob. 1, 1887. 

who flre poor, can look around us 
and see the rich. The Lord has made some 
to abound in this world's goods, more than 
other?, and if we have not the same, we 
should not murmur nor envy them, for the 
Lord has said in his bl.?3sed word, we 
should be content with such things as we 
have, for he will never leave us nor forsake 
us. As we brought nothing into this world, 
it is certain we can carry nothing out, 
and havirgfood and raiment, let us be con- 
tent. As the L^rd has prospered us, 
we should be contented. 

Godliness with contentmert is great gain. 
"We can confide in the promises of the Lord, 
for they are sure and steadfast. Why should 
we fear, when we have &ueh a friend, one who 
will never deceive, but one in whom we can 
put our trust, and rely upon what he says. 
What are riebes here, compared with those 

Oar lot may be hard while here, but alj. 
will be peace and happiness over t.aere for- 

"A tent or a cottag'"', wby should I care, 
They are building a palace for me over there. 
Ihou^h exiled i'lom home, yet still I can sing, 
All glory to God, I'm the child of a king." 



"Bat in vain they dD worship me, teaching for doctrines 
the cjmmandments of men.'' x^IaU. 15: 9. 

This text alone ought to convince any 
believer in God's word, tliat acceptable wor- 
shipcontains dostrines. On the part of many 
well-meaning persons there is an aversion tQ 
publicly teaching any "doctrines." In the 
citation given above, the most obtuse cannot 
fail to draw the inferenca, that all service 
consists inbelieviQg and ob3yiDg"doc':riQes," 
Doctrines therefore occupy a very prominent 
place in God's economy of graca, and perhaps 
this warning, not to miogfe human in j auc- 
tions with divine, is given for that reason. 
Even we do not like others to say, where we 
have not spoken, what ice think, much less, 
then, does it seem to us, C3in God respect u?, 
for, as it were, putting words into his mouth. 
Is it not an awful assumption, to dictate for 
Almighty God? Common morality detests 
any man, who will forge a responsible party's 

Hjw infiuitely much worse, then, is it to 
teach an opinion of our own for doctrine, and 
thus forge the name of D nty, in order to 
give our opinion authority':' There is no 
harm in a man obtaining all the credit bis 
name will give him, nor advocating his 
opinion as such, but to obtain credit by us- 
ing another's name without his consent, or 
advocating an opinion as a fact, is a grievous 

From this I presume few will dissent. 
Oar error consists in first deciding what we 
think is right, and afterwards searching the 
Siriptures — not because we think we have 
eternal life in them, but to nud statements 
corroborating our adopted opinions. By this 
method we "wrest" unto our "own destruc- 
tion." 2Peter8: 10. 

We strongly condemn Romanism for pre- 
sumiug to set aside Divine Oracles in some 
instances, and for introducing notions of 
their own in others. But we should be care- 
ful lest WG do not condemn ourselves. They 
claim the authority to do such things, and 
can therefore be consistent, while we claim 
there is no such authority delegated to man, 
and therefore add to the sin of the Rjm- 
anists, that of inconsistency. We, like them, 
may become so attached to our opinions, 
that we would not only sacrifice our present, 
but our eternal life for them. 

A brother once told me of a professing 
Christian, who declared he would not believe 
in immersion as a condition of salvation, 
if Jesus Christ would tell him so in person. 

It is a very hard matter for us to overcome 
that disposition we have, that thinks more of 
what is our own than other's. What is 
more diltieult for a man, than not to "seek 
his own, "but "another's wealth" (1 Cor. 10: 
24:), and not to look on his own things "but 
on things of others?' ( Phih 2:4) No dif- 
ference how good another's article in the 
Messenger may be, and how poor ours, 
the latter is certain to have at least one very 
careful and appreciative reader. 

Numerous and lengthy, as are the produc- 
tions of our afflicted, zealous Bro. Balsbaugh, 
from the frequent "errata" we find over his 
signature, we conclude that few of his essays 
and epistles are more carefully read by any 
one than himself. 

The foreigner who leaves his country a 
piuper and comes to America, and amasses 
a fortune, and then returns to his mother 
country, is another illustration of this defect 
in human nature. Hovever much said 
foreigner may have been persecuted, and how- 
ever gloomy his prospects of life there were, 
yet he has been raised to its society, to its 
la^ve, customs, religions, and country, and 
feels better there than here. We think it 
something wonderful, that a dog will lick the 
h^nd that cufi"s him, but how much more 
surpassingly strange is it, that men do so! 
Men love what is their own, even if it is their 

How a parent watches the movements of 
hU children — as babes, youths, men or 
women! Regardless of how much superior 
ia comeliness, knowledge, wealth or religion 
another's offspring may be, it has not that 
fascinating charm as has that of his own 
blood. This same principle is also manifest 
in our attachment to the country, town, 
church or school in which we have been 
raised, which we have helped to shape, and 
which has — though we were and still are 
unconscious of it — moulded us. Uncon- 
sciously its standard of judgment has be- 
come our own. By this judgment, we ap- 
prove or condemn countries, churches, or 
schools, which come under our observation 
in after life, and that are different from those 
in which we were reared. 

One time while among the bills of the east, 
enjoying the hospitality of a most kindly 
disposed wife, whose husband had been to 
Illinois and caught the "Western fever," and 
wanted to take Horace Greely's advice to 

"go West," but could not, because his wife 
said, "No, let's let well enough alone," I 
tried to help hioa, by stating some facts to 
her relative to Western farming, that one man 
in the Weet, with four good horses, two 
twelve foot drags (harrows), could alone, go 
over 30 acres of ground per day, that one 
man with one good team and necessary im- 
plements could, in one season, prepare the 
ground for, plant, properly cultivate and 
husk 40 acres of corn, and so on. 

From these statements this woman doubt- 
ed our veracity, apparently, on all questions, 
the truth of which she did not know. She 
had never been out of the county in which 
she lived, where it would have been almost 
impossible to go over one- fifth that amount 
of ground. To do as much as I stated, 
would have been impossible, even if our land 
was all as nice as the best acre she knew in 
their county. She could jadge only by what 
she knew. 

This woman, the parent and the foreigners 
referred to, represent a type of many church 
people. They are honest and consistent 
with themselves, bat unacquainted with suf- 
ficient truth to compare intelligently, and 
draw correct conclusions. But, unfortunately, 
we have not the same privileges in a church 
sense, we have in a sec alar. In the church, 
people are not satisfied to practice their 
opinions simply themselves, but they insist 
on havine them practiced by others. 

Some time ego a church was reported 
through the Messenger as being tenacious 
of church order, demanding of those who 
presented certificates of membership, that 
they promise to labor with said church in 
the matter of church order. To receive a 
certificate thus suspiciously is certainly not 
expressing the fullest confidence in sister 
churches, nor yet in the motives of the party 
presenting himself for membership. 

Why there should be so much more im- 
portance attached to the form of dress at 
one place than at another, V;^e are at a loss to 
know. It seems to me the very authority 
that it is intended to obey, is set at naught. 
Is not that very much like what is con- 
templated in Rom. 2: 21 and 23? Where has 
Annual Meeting delegated the authority to 
one local church, to set at naught a certificate 
granted by another? Bat if Annual Meet- 
ing should grant such authority, how could 
the unity of the church be maintained? Is 
not the dress question, any way in some con- 
gregations, exalted much above its deserts? 
Instead of a form of dress being used as a 
matter of expediency, in obeying the law of 
gospel plainness, is it not becoming a barrier 
to brotherly love and Christian fellowship? 
— instead of a matter of propriety, a matter 
of doctrine? Are we not forgetting that 
teaching for doctrine, a rule or system of our 
own, is vain worship? 

Let us be careful that our early impres- 
sions be not our guide instead of God's word. 
In the sight of the Great I Am, our prejudi- 
ces, tastes, and eccantricities are of no more 
importance than any one else's. Because 
certain persons have lived before us, and 
done many noble deeds, will make their 

Feb. 1, 1887. 



errors, when committed by ue, no more ac- 
ceptable to God, than though they were 
copied from men of no repute v/hatevar. An 
error, like poisoi), imbibed from a Brother, 
however good he may be, is just as fatal in 
its reealts as if its sotiice was the worst 
character in the world. 

It is, therefore, not a sole consideration 
with U3, what others have done or thought, 
nor yet what others may now do, or think, 
but what saith the Scriptures? Human 
thoughts are constantly changing, but not 
one jot or tittle shall pass till all of the 
lawof God is fulfilled. Matt. 5: 18, Lat us be 
careful that oar faith be on the Eock, else 
when the torrents of sin descend, and 
the storm of adversity beat against us, we 

-■i^E^— •~9-«— ^SCDw 


BY M, M, B. 

Paper €^iie. 

"Moreover, thou son of man, take tbee one stick, and 
write upon it. For Judab, and for the children of Israel 
his companions: then take another stick, and write upon 
it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the 
house of Israel his companions; and join them one to 
another into one stick; and they shall become one in 
thine hand. "—Ezekiel 37: 16, 17. B. C. 587. 

Not long ago, while in conversation with 
an aged man, my attention was called to the 
prophetic distinctions between Judah and 
Israel or Ephraim ; and, with this interest 
awakened within me, I was led to a careful 
investigation of the subject. The history of 
the calling of Abraham, the peculiar life and 
work of Isaac, the character of Jacob and 
the meaning of his blessings upon his sons, 
and the prophetic significance of the bless- 
ings of Ephraim and Manassah were careful- 
ly studied. With this key approaches were 
made toward David and Solomon, and thence 
into the major and minor prophets, and, last- 
ly, by way of confirmation, the testimony of 
Christ and the apostles was brought for- 
ward. When this array of information was 
marshalled, it was welcomed with a feeling 
of gratitude for the illuminating rays shed 
on a great topic in the religious nniverse. 

As the subject was pursued, aided by sev- 
eral authors of note, the distinctions between 
the Jews and Israel became more and more 
apparent, and with this guide to the under- 
standing, the mind was led to apprehend the 
promises to his chosen people. 

The object in writing these papers is to 
enlist the people of God to "search the 
Scriptures" with greater interest and more 
diligence, inclining to the view that the 
"times of the restitution of all things" is nigh 
at hand, and that ere many generations pass, 
"the glorious appearing of the great God 
and our Savior Jesus Christ" shall astonish 
the inhabitants of the earth. 

Let no one conclude from these prefaces, 
and what shall follow, that I shall even think 
to attempt to state ivhen and how these 
things ishall be brought about by the God of 
the heavens and the earth, since it is not for 
us "to know the times or the seasons, which 
the Father hath put in his own power." Acts 

1: 7. But it is for God's children to know 
what shall come to pass and where; for these 
have been revealed, and what has been re- 
vealed is to be sought after and known. 

Again, let no one neglect his personal ssl 
vation, even if he be a citizen of God's favor- 
ed nation. He is a guilty sinner until he ac- 
cepts Christ, though he be of "the house of 
Israel." There must be a personal accepta- 
tion, a personal obedience to Christ, for he 
came to save sinners. 

Unless there be maintained the differences 
between national blessings and individual 
felicity, there will be confusion of ideas. — 
Equally must the distinction between the 
kingdoms of this world, controlled by God 
the Father, and the kingdom of heaven ruled 
by Jesus, be kept in view. 

Having seen our congregation interested 
in the "Two Sticks," in a series of discoure- 
e?, it occurred to me that others mig'at also 
be induced to strengthen their faith by a 
knowledge of this remarkable line of proph- 
ecy; and while I earnestly desire the salva- 
tion of every one, I trust that, while all will 
not agree with the line of thought presented 
in these papers, some may be persuaded to 
press into the glorious truths of God's book, 
and see whether these things are so. 
god's promise to abeaham. 

"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of 
thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's 
house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will 
make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and 
make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and 
1 will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that 
curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the eaith 
be blessed. "-Gen. 12: 1-3. 


"Sojourn in this land, and I will, bo with thee, and 
will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will 
give all these countries, and I will perforra the oath 
which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make 
tby seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give 
unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall 
all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that 
Abraham obejed my voice, and kept my charge, my 
commandments, my statutes, and my laws. ''— Gen. 26: 


Gen. 48: 1-20 and 28: 13-15. 

The promises embrace the possession of 
all the country from the river of Egypt to 
the mighty river Euphrates. 

A multitudinous offspring, like the stars of 

A great blessing to all nations of the earth. 

The special ble^jsings of Jacob to Joseph's 
sons Ephraim and Manassah. 

The promise to Abraham, that he and his 
posterity should possess the land of Canaan, 
was literally fulfilled. 

The promise of a numerous offspring must 
relate to human beings, living men and wom- 
en, for they were to possess a country. Spir- 
itual beings do not need landed estates, 
hence the promise must have a literal fulfill- 

If the promises of great increase in people 
and of landed inheritance were to be literal- 
ly fulfilled, then the promise that all nations 
should be blessed through Abraham must 
also be literally fulfilled. To this all will 
probably agree, but as to the manner in 

V7hich this blessing shall be made known, 
some may differ. 

Jacob said of Ephraim and Manassah, as 
one, "Let them grow into a multitude in the 
midst of the earth." 

Or Manassah he oaid, "He shall be great." 

Of Ephraim, "He shall be greater, and his 
seed shall become a multitude of nations.'' — 
Gen. 48: 19. 

In order to maintain the connections prop- 
erly, let VM observe that Abraham was called 
out of Ui' of the Ohaldees to Canaan; that he 
traveled about 1000 miles to this new land; 
th&t he begat Isaac; that Isaac begat E§au 
and Jacob; that Jacob secured the blessing; 
that Eaau also became a mighty nation, hav- 
ing married his uncle's (Ishmael's) daughter, 
Mahalath. From Ishmael and Esau sprang 
the Arabs and Edomites, who are now the 
Mohsmmedans in religion. The Turks are 
chiefly Edomites. 

Lot was Abraham's! nephew. Lot's eldest 
daughter's son was named Moab; the young- 
er daughter's son was named Ben-ammi. — 
From Moab sprang the Moabites, and Ben- 
ammi was the father of the Ammorites. The 
Poles and Magyars of this day are the de- 
scendants of Moab and Ammon. The Hun- 
garians also descend from Lot. 

Keep in mind that Ishmael was Abraham's 
son, but in Isaac was the promise of re- 
demption, while the promise of becoming a 
multitude included both. 

Jacob begat twelve sons, known in history 
as the patriarchs. These went into Egypt 
and their descendants dwelt there 400 years, 
at the end of which time they numbered 
about two millions of souls, and were led out 
of that country by Moses; and finally settled 
in Canaan, according to premise of God, B, 
C. 1491. For four hundred years they were 
ruled by judges, or till B. C. 109.5, when Saul 
of Cis was anointed king. Next in order, 
David (1055 B. C.) was anointed king over, 
not the twelve tribes of Israel, but over the 
house of Judah only. 2 Sam. 2:4, 7. David 
reigned in Hebron over Judah seven years 
and six months. When David began to rule 
the houae of Judah, Ishbosheth, Saul's son, 
was placed upon the throne by Captain Ab- 
ner, as king over Israel. 2 Sam. 2: 9, 10. In 
course of time Captain Abner conspired 
against kicg Ishbosheth, overthrew him, and 
in B. 0. 1048 David became king over "all 
Israel," and reigned thus thirty-three years. 
2 Sam. 3: 12 and 5: 5. 

In 2 Sam. 12: 7, 8, and 19: 41-43, there is 
abundant proof that for nearly sixty years 
prior to the actual separation of the house of 
Judah and the house of Israel, under Jero- 
boam and Eehoboam, the twelve tribes were, 
under God's providence, divided into two na- 
tionalities: Even Absolom's rebellion was a 
sign of the spirit of division existing among 

The great separation finally occurred B. C. 
975. 1 Kings 12: 19, 20. From that day to 
this they have been apart; the one known as 
the house of Judah, the Jews; the other the 
house Qf Israel, or Ephraim. More ue^t 



Feb. 1,1887. 



—The MessexCtER of October ll'.h reach- 
ed n3 the day it was printed. Surely, 
this IB a fast age, HoTrevcr my fourteen 
years' esperiecce in a printing-offics settles 
that question. When the paper is not be- 
hind time, we always know when to expect 
our silent preacher, and when received, all 
other considerations are laid aside, until we 
read the news from the churches. 

— TVe sometimes hear people sfty, they can- 
not find tiine to read. Soiely reading is a 
Christian's daty, and we should taJ^e iime. 
Better neglect things of less importance. 
Tne mind shouH not be neglected; we need 
to read c-rd icform our minds in regard to 
the werkings of the church; and how are we 
to train onr children, unless we study and 
ever try to gain knowledge? How will %re 
falfi! the command, "Search the Scriptures/' 
unless we are a reading people? 

— I think where there is a disposition and 
inclination to read, a little time each day can 
hs set apart for that purpose. Better deny 
tha stomach, than starve the mind, and far 
better do with less fancy work on ocr chil- 
dren's clothing, and take that time to tell 
t'lem Bible stories, and direct their tender 
miads to something of greater importance 
than outward show. Give the children 
plenty of go:d reading, and they will not ba 
likely to read novels. My own early ex- 
perience teaches me, that children raust, and 
icill read someihing. 

— A child of an inquiring mind, will read 
whatever is most convenient, and hence the 
propriety of providing the best, and re- 
m:)ving everything of a trashy nature. This 
thought was forcibly brought to my mind, 
when I read sister Gertrude A. Fiory's ar- 
tide on "Novel Beading," Had she had 
access to eonnd literature, her mind would 
have been better stored with rich truths. 
Let us all learn a lesson from her raisfort- 

— Oar last prayer-meeting was one cf un- 
nsual interest. Sich meetings should be 
held in every neighb-orhood. They are a 
means of grace that should not be neglected. 
I distinctly remember the prayer-meetings 
I attended years ago in the Aughwick church, 
near my old home. They were held fit the 
Brethren's houses, and many who wcrchip- 
ed with us then, have passed over the river cf 
death, but the influence of those meetings 
v.ill never die. I shall never forget the 
warm admonitions, the heart-felt prayers, 
and the very faces of the departed loom up 
before me, as I look back to those happy 
seasons o! worship. 

Later, my mind reverts to Huntingdon, to 
the early days of our church and school v/ork 
there, and to the interesting little 'meetings 
we had in the "Pilgrim chapel." We think 
of those who met with us, to-night scattered 
over the land, we trust, filling poaitiona' of 
honor and usefulness, while some have laid 
down the earthly weapons, and have joined 
the heavenly hosts. Barely, the prayer-meet- 

ing is a sacred place, and we should love to 
be there. 

— The Messenger has been very interest- 
ing of l&te. I think Bro. Carpenter's article 
" Which is the right Church?" should be 
published in tract form and scattered broad- 
cast. Theve are thousands of honest-hearted 
souls, who would gladly accept the whole 
truth, were their attention directed to it, 
Butinrhegedays there are many, who proclaim 
from the pulpit, that it makes no difiference 
how \9Q worship, "only believe" and all will 
ba well. They tell us there ia no use in being 
so precise, there is nothing in outward or- 
dinances, and that ell oar work^ will not 
save us. 

— Indeed it is no wonder people are led 
astray, when we take into consideration the 
teaching they receive. The way to heaven 
has become so broad, that persons can travel 
therein and at the same time indulge in 
all the frivclities of a sinful world. But the 
Bible tells us differently. It speaka of a 
'narrovif way" and "a strait gate," and that 
we must come out from among the evil, and 
be a separate people, and then we have the 
precious promise that God will bs our Father 
and we will be his children. What an en- 
dearing reiation! How earnestly we should 
labor to sustain this nearness, and try to 
have others enjoy the same bleasinga. 

In cur last paper there is another opening 
for misfeionary work,— New York, Surely 
there are some ia that great city who 
would accept the doctrine, and if one soul is 
worth more than all the world, what a grand 
work it would be, if only one, but no doubt 
there are many tired of the fashioiiable re- 
ligion of the day, and who would g'adly 
worship God ia his appointed way. Why 
not go to the cities to preach? Christ and 
his apostles did so, and we are a people that 
profess to follow Bible teachings, hence must 
follow him into the cilieo in search of lost 
souls. If every brother and sister were to 
become as much concerned in regard to 
saving eouh, as they are in laying up treasures 
Iq this world, a mighty work would be 
accomplished. Let us have more zeal and 
earnestness, making God's service our first 
Cjuaideration, and Zion's borders will be er- 

— The missionary movement of our District 
is a grand work, and ia it are opportuoities 
for all to labor. Ail who possibly can, should 
contribute, and those who have no money to 
give, can give their influence, their prayerp, 
and well-wiahes. Let us all be "workers to- 
gether," and many who arc in darkness will 
be brought to the true light. We are glad 
to report the work in Bath and Amberson 
Valleys still progressing. We have been in- 
formed that at the love-feast iu Perry Co., on 
the 9.h, several from Amberson Valley were 
received into the church. Bro. Jacob Snyder, 
of Waynesboro, will hold a meeting in Amber- 
son, in the near future, and wa hope still more 
will be gathered in. Here at Fannettsburg 
we are doi.^.g all we can, bat we greatly need 
niorfi preaching. Oar last appointment was 
recalled, which will make the interval 
twelve v)eek8, unless pome one drops in &b4 

gives us a few sermons. It takes time and 
patience in valleya like these to get the 
Brethren's doctrine introduced, and prejudice 
removed, but notwithstanding the opposi- 
tion from some, the cause id gaining. 

— Perhaps in all congregations there are 
some who do not the church paper. 
Sine,e it is the only weekly, every brother and 
sister should read it, and an effort should be 
made to have them enjjyita weekly visits. 
Some one in each congregation should wait 
upon the members, and kindly ask them to 
subscribe. The editors have oftered it 
for forty cent^ for three months, and 
surely all coxild have it at that price. Those 
who are too poor, should be provided with it 
by the rich, and in this way we can bear one 
another's burdens. Sometimes a poor minis- 
ter would be glad to receive his church paper 
through the gift of some able member. It 
would ehow a little appreciation of his 
labors. Let us think of vai ions ways of do- 
iag good. 

— The church paper should be valued 
above the secular, and if times are dull, and 
we wish to curtail expenses, don't commence 
at the church paper and our religious priv- 
ileges, but practice self-denial in some 
other direction. Tiiere are very few families 
that want to do without the Messenger, 
once they have become acquainted with its 
cheering visits. In pleading for the Messen- 
ger, I have no selfigh motive in view. I 
have no pecuniary interest whatever, but I 
want to do good, aud want others to enjoy, 
what we here, is olr* ted from the church, eo 
much prize. Let us work while it is called 
to-day, for soon this mandate may go forth, 
"Time shall be no longer." 

Fannettsburg-, Pa. 


Missionary Number of Der Bruederbote. 

I HAYS yet on hand about five hundred 
copies of the December (missionary) number 
of Der Bruederl)oie, our German paper, con- 
taining nearly all the articles that were pub- 
lished in the missionary number of the Gos- 
pel Messenger. All these papers will be 
sent out free, to any one who will send me 
their name and address, plainly written. — 
One thousand extra copies of this missionary 
number have been ordered by the Brethren's 
Book and Tract Work, and will be paid by 
said Work. I sent one hundred copies to 
Bro. S. Bock, at Dayton, Ohio, and the re- 
maining nine hundred have been left with 
me, to dielribute where I think they will do 
the most good. After mailing several hun- 
dred copies, mostly to Brethren who have 
asked for them, I now appeal to the brethren 
and sisters all over the Brotherhood, to take 
hold of this work with me. If any of you 
have Germans living in your neighborhood, 
send me their names, or send for as many 
sample copies as you can use to advantage, 
and I will mail them to you free. At the 
same time try and get subscribers for me, as 
I need more help in this direction, in order 


Feb. 1, 1887. 



to incresf e the circulation of my paper. You 
can help me much by a little woik. Reoaem- 
ber, if any one wants to eend Der Brueder- 
boie to a poor brother or sister, or any one 
else, I send it io sucli for fifty cents, for the 
year 1887, including the December mission- 
ary number, if sent in by Feb. 1. 

J. M. Snydek. 
Grundy Center, Iowa. 

From Grenola Cliiircli, Elk Co , Kan. 

On Not. 6, we held oar love-feast, which 
was a feaet to our eouls. Ministers present 
were John HarehhErger, George Studebaker, 
Andrew Neher, Jacob Mahorning, and they 
dealt out the bread of life with power, to the 
edification of both saint and sinner. Breth- 
ren Harshbarger and Studebaker remained 
with us one week. There were no accessions, 
but good impressions were made that, we 
hope, will bring fruit in due season. The 
children's meeting at the close was edifying 
and instructive, to both old and young. Bro, 
Studebaker knows how to talk to children. 
His advice to the young on tobacco was good, 
and we think some of our brethren would 
profit by his good advice. If the Brethren 
could see the examples they are setting be- 
fore the young and rising generation, they 
would abstain from the habit of emoking 
and chewiBg, When we try to exhort our 
sons, they cite us to the brethren and say, 
"Ycu salute those brethren with polluted 
lips, why chastise ua?" Brethren, let us 
cleanse ourselves from all filthinees, and ev- 
erything that is a hicderance to the cause of 
Christ, and be ensamples to the world, that 
our sons and daughters may not rise up 
against us in the last day. 

John Clingenpeel. 

Mcline, Kan. 

From Lower Deer Creek Ciiurcli, Ind. 

AccOEDiNG to previous airangements, Bro. 
Jesse Calvert came to us Dec. 17; preached 
fourteen sermons in the Cumberland Pres- 
byterian church. He held forth the word as 
it never wag before in our town, with much 
interest and considerable excitement. Many 
said they had never heard it, and were won- 
dering whether these things were so. The 
immediate result was, two united with the 
church, and others are almost persuaded. 
He has caused many to read the Scriptures 
who never have before. While we were bap- 
tizing in Deer Creek, near Camden, many 
were out from town, standing on the snowy 
banks, looking on. It is said that the Disci- 
ple minister, from Eoekfield, was there also, 
and we are informed that he went home and 
sent Bro. Calvert a challenge to debate on the 
subject of baptism. If this is true, you will 
hear more about it. Come again, Bro. Jesse. 
We feel that the church has been much built 
up and strengthened. May the good Lord 
bless you wherever you go. We are in the 
midst of a glorious meeting, by Bro. David 
Neff; of Boann. He commenced immediate- 
ly after Bro, Calvert left. We had good at- 
tendance. Daring these meetings there were 
two additiongf and others seem to be near 

the kingdom. The meetings will continue 
for some time yet. To-morrow we must 
leave this interesting meeting and go to West 
Lebanon, to engage in a series of meetings 
at that place. We feel very loath to leave 
this place at present, but our promise is giv- 
en, and it would not do to disappoint them. 
May the Lord prosper his work notwith- 
standing all opposition. May wo all come 
out conquerors, through him who loved us 
and gave his life for us. 

Samuel W. Ulleky. 
Camden, Ind. 

From the Arcadia Ciiurcli, Ind. 

A VERY interesting series of meetings clos- 
ed at the above-named church Deo. 29, Bro. 
Levi Holsinger came to us Deo. 11, and la- 
bored hard for the ingathering of booIs, 
wielding the Sword of the Spirit with great 
power, so that sinners were made to tremble 
and saints to rejoice. Nine souls were made 
willing to follow their Savior, into the liquid 
stream, to be buried with him in baptism. 
Four were reclaimed, and the church was 
much built up. Many more were almost 
persuaded to become Christians. May the 
Lord help thorn not to put it off until it will 
be too late. We thank Bro. Holsinger for 
his labors while with us, and we pray the 
Lord to bless him and his family. We de- 
sire the prayers of the brethren and sisters,' 
that we may hold out faithful to the end ! 

Eiii Smeltzeb. 

From Sabetlia and Koek Creek, Kan. 

The members here decided to hold a series 
of meetings, commencing on the evening of 
Nov. 24, to be conducted by Archy VanDyke, 
of Beatrice, Nebr. He preached in the Sa- 
betha chur<*h till Dec. 4, having good and in- 
teresting meetings. From there the meeting 
was moved six miles north, to the Rock Creek 
school-house (same district), where he con- 
tinned his meetings until the evening of Dec. 
12. Bro. Archy ia just the man to fill the 
long-felt want, with his kind and appropri- 
ate words and ways, and the sweet and con- 
soling words he so richly dealt out from the 
Word of God. More and more came in, un- 
til the house would not hold all the people. 
Some were obliged to go away without hear- 
ing the word he was so powerfully expound- 
ing. Some were standing outside, by the 
windows, when not too cold, trying io gather 
some of the good seed he was casting around 
him. One was made to say, "I am ready to 
come," and was taken down into the stream 
and baptized according to the commands of 
God. Others were standing near the banks 
of the stream, appareiitly deeply impressed, 
and we hope that they will soon come, too. 
Some gave their promise, they would not de- 
lay long. Hope the Lord will help them to 
come while they have yet time and opportu- 
nity. Bro. Archy, come again; you are wel- 
come. Go on as an encouragement unto per- 
fection, and you will be greatly rewarded in 
the world to come. Bemember us in your 

Eld. Tobias Meyers, of Carroll Co., III., 
was with us during some of our meetings, 
and gave us one sermon in the German lan- 
guage, which was very highly appreciated by 
our German people. I think the German 
preaching is too much neglected. Now-a- 
days there should be more such preach- 
ing done. Eld. Jacob Witmore, of Missou- 
ri, was also present at our meetingg, but did 
not do much preaching, on account of bad 
health. Bro. Jacob is also an able speaker, 
and hope he may soon regain his health, 
that he can go on in the discharge of his du- 
ty. He is canvassing for a large, revised 
f p.mily Bible, which should be in the house 
and hands of every family, and thoroughly 
studied, for in it is that we find the wa;? to 
everlasting life. E, J. Beeghly. 

From Yellow Creek Cliurclij Ind. 

We began a series of meetings Dae, 18, 
and closed Jan. 2, Although there was an- 
other meeting in progress just one mile 
from ours, yet we had a fair attendance and 
interest throughout. Bro. Isaiah Bairigh, 
of Michigan, did the preaching with God- 
given ability, for he shunned not to declare 
the whole couneei of God. By request, he 
preached one sermon on baptism, which was, 
to the average hearer, the most compact and 
comprehensive sermon on that subject I ev- 
er heard or read, and I have read more on 
that subject, perhaps, than this writing would 
indicate. Three made the good confession, 
and were baptized for the remission of their 
sins. Some, we fear, rejected the counsel of 
God BgaiuBt themselves. We are well satis- 
fied with the labors of our brother, and bid 
him a hearty God-speed in his high and re- 
sponsible calling! Samuel Sala, 

From Beaver Creek Churcli, Bid. 

We commenced a series of meetings at the 
Long Meadow meeting-house Dec. 18, but, 
owing to the inolemeuey of the weather, doe- 
ed on the evening of the 22nd. In aU, six 
sermons were preached by Eld. W. A. Gaunt, 
of Frederick City, who exhorted us nobly. 
There were no immediate aceeeeions. We 
know he made many friends, and left some 
good impressions. While he sowed the seed, 
we trust the harvest may be reaped in the 
near future. It being the week before 
Christmas, our congregations were small, 
owing to so much preparation for fairs, festi- 
vals, etc. I pray the day will soon come 
when all this worry and trouble and nonsense 
will be done away with, and men and women 
will learn to celebrate Christmas with rever- 
ence and godly fear, which will be more ac- 
ceptable in the eight of our Redeemer. Al- 
though, apparently, done in his name, I be- 
lieve he "will not recognize such foolishness, 
but will rather pronounce a curse on those 
who engage in the work. Bro. S. N. McCenn, 
of Virginia, preached two sermons for up, 
and he ia now in the lower end of cur con- 
gregation. No do-abt the Brethren there will 
give an account of their meeting. May the 
church be alive and at work! 

Wm. A- Anthony^ 



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rel>. 1, 1887. 

Br.0. D. E. Pbice returned from his west- 
ern trip last week. 

The msetinga at Pine Creek, III., are etil! 
in progress. One more was received by bap- 

Beg. M M. Eshelmax and G. Pi. Zoilare, 
a-e row at Great Bend, Kansa?, holding forth 
the word of life. 

Ix Gosi'EL Messexgee, No. 2, current 
volume, page 29, 4th line from bottom, read 
youth instead of gout. 

BiiO. Je.-se K. Brumbaugh, of the Salem 
church, 0., under date of Jan. 18, 1887, writes, 
'Bro. A. Hutchison came to us yesterday and 
commenced meetings last night, with a fair 
congregation, notwithstanding the cold weath- 
er we are having. The thermometer marked 
three degrees below zero this morning. The 
reads are exceedingly icy." 

It is very certain thai: a form of religion 
will save no one. Obedience to ordinances 
is neceseary to show that we are willing to 
take God at his word, and that we trust in 
him; but unless we obey from the heart the 
form of doctrine delivered to us, it will sim- 
ply profit us nothing. TV'ithout faith our 
works are dead, for without faith it: is im- 
possible to please God. We might give all 
we have to feed the poor, and receive no 
blessing from it, because our motive was not 
good. If, however, we have charity, or love 
in our hearts, if we have faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and possess the spirit of God, 
we shall be fou?id giving liberally to the poor 
and to the Lord, and we will joyfully obey 
every command of the gospel. Obedience, 
in this case, is simply a manifestation of the 
work of grace in our hearts. TVc may have 
the form without the heart work, but if wo 
have the heart work, obedience is sure to fol- 

The Brethren at Moline, Kan,, expected to 
begin a series of meetings Jan. 29. Geo. "W. 
Stndebaker was to have been with them. 

It is a part of our humanity to err. We 
have never yet found the man or woman who 
could honestly say, "I am entirely free from 
fcuUs." This being true, it should teach us 
all 8 lesson of humility. Oar opinions and no- 
tions may be wrong, and we should never at- 
tempt to enforce them on others. We are too 
fallible for any such a course as this. 

Next week the Messenger will appear in 
ne V type. That which we are now using has 
become much worn, although we have only 
used it four years, and does not give satisfac- 
tion. It is our purpose to make the Mes.sen- 
GER a good paper in every respect, and that 
our patrons may have a clean and clearly- 
printed page to read from, we have, at con- 
siderable expense, purchased new type. We 
believe our efforts in this direction will be 
duly appreciated by our readers. We ask 
all who are interested in thg Messenger, to 
assist us in increasing its circulation and its 
power for doing good. 

Our weaknesses may be made an element 
of strength to us, and our errors, if rightly 
disposed of, may come to be blessings. Let 
not the brother who is weak, despair, or he 
that f alleth be discouraged. Tlie child that 
stnmbleB and falls is helped up time and 
again, and it keeps on, until finally it gains 
str8j:)gth to walk. Oar pity goes out to 
those who are physically weak, and does net 
tho great, loving, sympathetic heart of Jesus 
reach out in tender pity towards his weak, 
erring children? Let the weak rejoice in 
this, that they may become strong, and let 
the strong be careful that their very strength 
may not make them weak. "Let him that 
standeth, take heed ieet he fall." 

The present is preeminently an age of re- 
search and investigation. The excavator, 
with untiring energy, is unearthing the ee- 
crets of thirty centuries ago. Egypt, the land 
of the Pharaohs, and of the sojourn of the 
chosen people of God, is brought under trib- 
ute to the investigjitor. The hidden tombs of 
the oppressors of the sons of Jacob, have 
yielded up the lifeless bodies of Egypt's old 
kings. The intellectual activity of this age 
has restored to the world many of the buried 
cities of the Bible. Ur, of the Ghaldees, the 
home of Abraham; Nineveh, "the bloody 
city," with its immense library; and Babylon, 
the great city of the East, have all been ex- 
cavated, and their secrets laid bare by the 
untiring energy of this age. Those interest- 
ed in th<?.q8 investigations will welcome Dr. 
Fracdenburgh's new bo:k, "Witnesses from 
the Dust," Cranston A: Stowe, Cincinnati, O. 
The book is full of interest, and may V)e read 
and studied in connection with the Sunday- 
school leesons for the first half of the present 
year, with much profit. The author has put to- 
gether, in a most readable ana agreeable man- 
ner, an ficcount of the latest discoveries in the 
East, and the book will be welcomed by Bible 
sttidents generally. 

Bro. J. C. Murray, of North Manchester, 
Ind,, is now preaching at Silver Creek, uesr 
this place. The meetings will continue for 
some time. 


One of our prominent elders, and most en- 
ergetic missionary workers, who has spent a 
great deal of time in the field, told us, not 
long ago, that, in going into a new place to 
preach, he found that, unless the way had 
been somewhat prepared by distributing the 
Messenger, thus giving the peoplo some 
knowledge of our faith and practice, but lit- 
tle could be done by the missionary. He re- 
ferred to several places where the Messen- 
ger had been distribiited and read, and calls 
for preaching followed. The missionary 
filling such calls found the people pretty well 
acquainted with the doctrine of the Bible as 
practiced by the church. They were anxious 
to hear the preachiDg of the truth, and num- 
bers accepted Christ and were baptized. In 
one place a church with a considerable mem- 
bership was organized. 

In thinking over the statement of our dear 
brother, and of the circumstance related by 
Bro. Eby in No. 2^ we feel like urging upon 
our members generally to assist us in send- 
ing out the Messenger to those who are un- 
acquainted with cur church. We send about 
2000 papers to post-cfiices where we have 
but a single subscriber. In many cases these 
subscribers are isolated from the main body 
of the Brotherhood. By a little effort on 
their part they might be able to get a few of 
their neighbors 1o take the Messenger, and 
so open the way for a great work. To any 
one who is willing to make an effort in this di- 
rection, we will gladly send a few sample 
copies of the paper for free distribution. If 
you do not succeed in securing any subscrib- 
ers, you will at leaiit have made an effort, 
and the papers you distribute may open the 
way for the preaching of the word. 

Another way to assist in this work is to 
send the Messenger to any of your friends, 
who are Jiving away from the church. The 
sister who invested $1 00 to send the paper 
to her unconverted brother, at New Madrid, 
Mo,, little thought that, as a reoult of her 
missionary effort, in a few years, out of the 
seed sown in this way, would spring up an 
organized church with twenty-three mem- 
bers. And who can tell the results that are 
yet to follow? Eternity alone will reveal it 
all. We do not expect that every paper sent 
out will yield like results, but what has been 
done may be repeated many times. To those 
who have friends living outside of the 
church, and who may desire to send them 
the Messenger, we will furnish it at $1.00 
per year. Will you help us in our efforts to 
spread the truth? If so, select some iriend, 
situated as above, send us the name and ad- 
dress, with Sl.OO, and the Mebsenqer will bo 
nent to them- 

Feb. 1, 1887. 




The foilowiDg query appears in the Que- 
rists' Department of the Christian Advocate 
of New York, one of the organs of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church: 

At a recent Masonic celebration a Mctbodist minister 
maile au addrets. The (xercises were closed b.v singing 
tbe hj^mn, "Bli:'gt le the tie that binds," and the whole 
tenor of the minister's address was that the Masonic Or- 
dei' was a kind ot church, aud that, if a person belonged 
to the order, he did not need to belong to any church. 
What is the f ffdct of the use of such a hymn and such 
leaiaiks by a minister at such a time? 

The Advocate pronounces the effect of such 
a course to ba bad. Bat it does not censure 
the iEJadicioiis minister alluded to as te 
should have been censured. There is no 
doubt that the minister who acted so indis- 
creetly at the MasoHie celebretion, was a 
Mason, and that he obtained hia ides, "that 
the Masonic Order was a kind of church, 
and that, if a person belonged to the order, 
he did not need to belong to any church," 
froro the teachisjg of Masonry. That the 
tendency of Masonic teaching is to make 
such impressions, efapecially upon those who 
hold the liberal views of the church, and of 
Christianity, which the present age is so rap- 
idly producing, cannot be successfully dis- 

That the Masonic order considers itself a 
religious body, and that it can do for its 
members what the church claims it can do 
for those who belong to it, appears evident 
from its charts, rituals and symbols. And 
the teaching of the Methodist minister at the 
Masonic celebration was only the sentiment 
which many Masons hold, if they do not 
publicly avow it 

We shall offer gome testimony from Ma- 
sonic authors to prove that Masonry is a re- 
ligious institution. Doctor Oliver is one of 
the most extensive authors in the Masonic 
Fraternity. He iathe author of a Cyclopedia 
of Masonry. Under the article. Religion, he 
has the following: "That Freemasonry should 
be spoken of as a religious institution, or as 
imparting religious instruction, undoubtedly 
sounds strange to those who think religion 
must necesaarily be confined to a particular 
set of theological dogmas, or, in other words, 
be sectarian. Bat why should it be thought 
necessary to make religion traverse simply 
the narrow circle of sectarian ideas? Is it 
not a degradation to confine it to so limited 
a sphere? The Masonic idea is that religion 
is absolute, everlasting and unchanging; that 
it is not a dogma, or a collection of dogmas, 
but rather reverence and humility before the 
awful ideas of infinity and eternity; a sense 
of subjection to the great law of Justice 
which stretches through the universe, and of 
obligation to love and serve man on earth, 
and God in heaven. The ideas of God, ret- 
ribution, a future life- -these great facts of 
religioK are not the property of my om «?cet 

or party ; they form the ground- work of all 
creeds. lieligion, we have said, is everlast- 
ing and immutable. It is the game yester- 
day, to-day and forever Frec- 

masonry lecogniz^.s God as immanent in all 
created things, workirg in each blade of 
grass, and swelling buJ, and opening flower, 
and looks upon all the sciences as so many 
divine methods through which the Infinite 
Artist reveals his mystoiies to man. Should 
any Masonic brother, or any other, think that 
we are claiming too much for Freemasonry 
in this respect, we have only to ask him to 
turn to the 'charges' and lectures published 
in our books, to find abundant proofs of what 
we assert. There we read: 'The universe is 
the temple of the Deity whom we serve. — 
Wisdom, Strength and Beauty are around 
his throne, as pillars of his works; for his 
wisdom is infinite, his strength is omnipo- 
tent, and his beauty shines forth through all 
his creation.' Ancient Freemasonry invaria- 
bly united all sciences to the religious senti- 
ment. Of arithmetic it says: 'All the works 
of the Almighty are made in number, weight, 
measure, and, therefore, to understand them 
rightly, we ought to understand arithmetical 
calculations, and be thereby led to a more 
comprehensive knowledge of our great Cre- 
ator.' 'Astronomy,' it eays, 'is that sublime 
science which inspires the contemplative 
mind to soar aloft and read the wisdom and 
beauty of the Creator in the heavens. How 
nobly eloquent of God is the celestial hemi- 
sphere, spangled with the most magnificent 
symbology of his infiniie glory.' Discours- 
ing of geometry, it sbjs, 'By it we discover 
the power, wisdom and goodness of the grand 
Artificer, and view with delight the order 
and beauty of his works and the proportions 
which connect all parts of his immecee uni- 
verse. Freemasonry, therefore, in the spirit 
of true reverence, consecrates all to God — 
the worlds with their sublime mjsterie?, and 
the human mind with its mighty powers and 
the sciences which it has diecovered and es- 

In Mackey's Manual of the Lodge, he gives 
Tlie Ticeniy-five Landmarks of Freemason- 
ry. And among them we have the three fol- 

''XIX, That every Mason must believe in 
the existence of God as the Grand Architect 
of the universe. 

''XX. That every Mason must believe in a 
resurrection to a future life. 

'XXl. That a book of the law of God must 
constitute au indispensable part of the fur- 
niture of every Lodge." 

That Freemasonry is a religious system, i^ 
proved from the reformatory eftects attribut- 
ed to its symbols. 1. AVe shall notice the 
ashlar. This term has been applied to 
stones taken out of the quarry. lu the lan- 
guage of Freemasonry, there is the rough 
ashlar, which is a stone taken from the quar- 
ry ia its rough gtate^ md tlio perfect ashlar. 

which means a stone dressed by the work- 
men. The religious truth taught by the 
symbol of the ashlar is thus explained by 
Moore, in his Craftsman, page '-^i: "By the 
rough ashlar we are reminded of our rude 
and imperfect state by nature; by the per- 
fect ashlar, of that state of perfection at 
which we hope to arrive by a virtuous educa- 
tion, our own endeavors, and the blessing of 

There ia in the Masonic exercises what is 
called the SJiock of Enlightenment. It ia 
thus explained by Mackey in his Manual of 
the Lodge, p. 30: "And. in Masonry, by the 
Shook of Enlightenment, we seek, humbly, 
indeed, and at au inconceivable distance, to 
preserve the recollection and to embody the 
idea of the birth of material light by the 
representation of the circamstances that ac- 
companied it, and their reference to the birth 
of intellectual or Masonic light. The one is 
the type of the other; and hence the illumi- 
nation of the candidate ia attended with a 
ceremony that may be supposed to imitate 
the primal illumination of the universe — 
most feebly, it is true, and yet not altogether 
without impressiveness. The Shock of En- 
lightenment is, then, a symbol of the change 
which is now taking place in the intellectual 
condition of the candidate. It is the symbol 
of the birth of intellectual liglit and the dis- 
persion of intellectual darkness.'' 

And on page 29, of the same work, Dr. 
Mackey, in referring to Masonic light, has 
the following remarks: "This mental illumi- 
nation — this spiritual light, which, after his 
new birth, is the first demand of the candi- 
date, is but another name for divine truth — 
the truth of God and the soul — the nature 
and essence of both — which constitute the 
chief design of ell Masonic teaching. And 
as the* chaos and confusion in which, 'in the 
beginning,' the earth, 'without form, and 
void,' wag enwrapt, were dispersed, and order 
and beauty established by the supreme com- 
mand which created material light; eo, at the 
proper declaration, and in due and recogniz- 
ed form, the intellectual chaos and confusion 
iu which the mind of the neophyte is involv- 
ed are dispersed, and the true knowledge of 
the science and pbiicsophy, the faith and 
doctrine of Masoi5r3', are developed." Notice 
that this light is called spiritual light, and it 
is said to be another name for divine truth — 
the truth of God and the soul — the nature 
and essence of both— which constitute the 
design of all Masonic teaching. The design 
of Masonic teaching, then, is divine truth. 

There is Jhe rite of ci rcuinambulation in 
the Masonic ceremonies. Dr. Mackey thus 
explains the rite, and its antiquity, and char- 
acter as practiced by the ancients: "The rite 
of circuraambulation, derived from the Latin 
verb, circuriiambulare, to walk around any- 
thing, is the name given to that observance in 
all the religious ceremonies of antiquity, 
w)}|pl} conejeted hi o prooegsion sroucd ??] 



Feb, 1, 1887. 

altar or eome other sacred object. . . . 
Herce we find, in the nniversal prevalence of 
this ceremony, aiid in the iuvaiiable mode of 
passing from the east to the west by the way 
of the south, with, const^qaently tho right 
hand or tiue to the altar, n pregnant evidence 
of the ccmmou tocrce of all these rites from 
some primitive origin, to which Freemsson- 
ry is also indebted for ita existence. The 
circumambnlation among the Pagan nations 
was referred to the great doctrine of Saba- 
iom, or sun-worship. Freemasonry alone 
has preserved the primitive meaning, which 
was a symbolic allusion to the sun as the 
source of physical light, and the most won- 
derful work of the Grand Architect of the 
tiniveree." This rite of circumambnlation 
was evidently adopted by the Masonic Order 
as a religious rite, and is practiced by the 
Order as such. 

Freemasons have also practiced the rite of 
baptism. In Macliey's Lexicon of Freema- 
sonry, he thus defines LusiroAion: "A purifi- 
cation by water. This was an indispensable 
pre-requisite to initiation into all the ancient 
mysteries. The lustration of Freemasonry 
is mental. Xo aspirant can be admitted to 
participate in our sacred rites until he is 
thoroughly cleansed from all pollution of 
guilt. In some of the higher degrees of the 
Ancient and Accep:ed rite a lustration or ab- 
lution is practiced." In Yol. 22, cf the Gos- 
pel Visitor, and on pages 367-369, we have 
an account of a Masonic baptism that took 
place in the city of Washington. It was tak- 
en from the Washington Evening Star, by 
the Earnest Christian, and we copied it 
from the latter journal, "The first public 
Masonic baptism of children which has ever 
taken place in this district was performed 
la%t night, in the Chapter Chamber, Masonic 
Temple, in the preaence of a large number 
of Masons, their wives and daughters. The 
children were an infant son of Dr. Joseph 
"W. Nairn, 32nd degree, and a son of Mr. E. 
B. Macgrotty, lS;h degree, who were baptiz 
ed in Mithras Ledge of Perfection, Ancient 
Scottish Piite, which is the Consistory of this 
Masonic jurisdiction. The rite was perform- 
ed by Thrice Illustrious P. G, M. Albert 

Pike The ceremony of Masonic 

baptism has always been celebrated in the 
ancient and accepted Scottish Order. After 
the assembly had been seated, Grand Master 
Pike gave a short history of the ceremony, 
saying that it taught neither hatred, intoler- 
ance nor revenge. . . . After an invoca- 
tion to the Deity, and music, the children, 
parents, and sponsors were then conducted 
forward to "the altar, on which water, oil and 
salt were placed. The Master then called 
the Lodge up, descending from his throne, 
and, after a few words addressed to the 
group, lighted the incense on the altar. Aft- 
er a eh^nt by the choir, the Master took the 
children severally in his arms, dipped their 
left hand in the basin of perfumed water, 

r.ud said, 'By this ejmbol I devote thee (in 
each case) to the service of virtue and truth. 
May our Father ^ho is in Leaven kopp thee 
innocent and pure of heart all the days of 
thy life.' The Master then took tlo vessel 
of perfumed oil, dipped the little finger of 
his right hand therein, and m&iked it with a 
delta on the forehead of each child, sajing, 
'I set upon thy forehead the symbol of wis- 
dom, power and love of God. May he pro- 
tect and guide thee in right courses all the 
days of thy life,' the choir singing in the 
meanwhile the chant, 'Bleeeed pre the unde- 
filed in the way.' The Mrster then replaced 
the vessel on the altar, and, stretching out 
his hands towards the children, invoked a 
blegeiag upon them. The children, and those 
in charge of them, were conducted to their 
seats, and the ehoir sang an appropriate ode. 
The godmothers then placed them at the b1- 
tar of obligation ; the brethren present form- 
ed a circle around them, each with bis left 
hand on his heart and his right hand raised 
toward heaven; all then kneeled and repeated 
after the Master the solemn vow to protect 
the children from all danger and temptation 
until their arrival at maturity. After rising, 
the Master tfcking the vessel of salt in hie 
hand, repeated the Arab vow which sanctifies 
the enemy with whom he has tasted salt, aud 
plHcing a portion of this ou his tongue, eaid, 
'With this ealt I seal my vow.' Tirie 
kersel was then passed to each brother, who, 
in turn repeated the vow. Tho children 
were then invested with lamb-ekin aprons, 
and each was presented with a Masonic jew- 
el, the Master saying, 'In the name and un- 
der the auspices of the Supreme Courcil, I 
do proclaim these children consecrated to 
the service of truth and virtue by Masonic 
baptism, and anointing after the ancient cas- 
tom of Masonry to be warda of Mithras 
Lodge of Perfection.' This was repetiied in 
turn by the venerable grand and senior war- 
dens." Although we have made a lengthy 
quotation from the article referred to, we 
have not given the whole of it. But, think- 
ing it would be of interest to our readers, we 
have given what we have. 

We shall r ffir a couple cf testimonies yet 
to prove that Masonry is a religious inetilii- 
tion. Dr. Oliver, in his Cyclopedia of Free- 
masonry, in defioir^g Christianity, says, "Ma- 
sonry is the excellency of Christiauity, and 
every Mason is, if he is in reality a Mabon, a 
true Christian; or at heart ha is in reality 
truly religious according to lis profession, 
whether he be Jev/ or Christian." 

In the Freemason's Monitor, by Webb, 
and on pege 286, we have the following: "The 
meeting of a Masonic Lodge is strictly a re- 
ligious ceremony. The religious tenets of 
Masonry are few, Bimfde, but fundamental. 
The candidate must profess a belief in Deity 
before initiation. The intimate and contin- 
ued UEB of the Holy Scriptures, which are 
described ia the lectures of the Apprentice,. 

as 'the rule of faith,' 'the inestimable gift of 
God to mat,' 'the vertex of the circle,' etc., 
demand faith in their divine authenticity." 

All the authors th;',!i we have quoted are 
MaHonio authors. And if we are to under- 
stand the la-ogunge of Maeonio ruthors, by 
the eomraon rules by which we interpret lan- 
guage, then wo cannot avoid the conclusion 
that Freemasonry is a religious institutior. 
And this is the belief, no doubt, of a large 
number of Masons. And this, we presume, 
is the belief of the Methodist minister whose 
remarks surprised his brother, who heard 
them, and prompted him to Bend the query 
to the Christian Advocate, that we have giv- 
en. And while the minister alluded to pre- 
sented the Masonio Order as a "kind of 
church," it would clearly be a rival of the 
church of Christ. And we have serious fears 
tnat mar.y Masons so regard it, and make the 
religion of Freemasonry a substitute for 
Chribtianity. And there is great danger 
that many Masons will rely on their Masonic 
religion, and by that will be prevented from 
becomiiJg Ohriglians, We knew a caea cf 
this kind. A sister in the church was con- 
cerned for the salvation of her husband, and 
gpoke to him kindly about the matter. He 
was a Frsemasou, and he replied to his wife's 
appeal to him, "There is religion ejjough in 
the L:'dge for me," or ia words to that effect. 
Aad wa believe that professing Christians, 
and especially Christian ministers, fail to 
honor the Church of Cariat as they should 
honor it, when they give their inflaence to 
the Masonic order, which is a rival of the 
Church of Chris c. That Freemiisonry is a 
rival of the Church of Christ, will appc-ar 
from its religious charaster which we have 
seen it possessep, and from the high claims 
which it makes, to superior excellency. In 
Cross' Masonic Chart, p. 22, we have the 
following extravagant language: "No insti- 
tution was ever raised on a better principle, 
or more solid foundation ; nor were ever more 
excellent rules and useful maxims laid down, 
than are inculcated in the several Magonio 
lectures." its claims are too high, and it is 
to be feared that it is deceiving people when 
it is so presented by its injudicious friends. 

J. Q. 


Bug. Seth F. Myebs, tho Foreman of cur 
District Mission Board, was in town last 
week, and informed us that he was making 
arrangements to have another call for preach- 
ing filled. Eld. J. A. Sell is the preacher 
selected. We have not heard whether his 
services can be had. Our district mission 
woik seems to be progressing slowly, but we 
have hopes that something will yet be done. 
Please read sister Burkholder's account of 
Bro. Snydei's meetings at Fauuettsburg, Pa. 
In addition to the account of the meetings, 
she states some facts that cannot be gain- 
flaid. We hope those cbnrohes that have 

Feb. 1, 1887. 



not yet contributed to this mission fund, will 
do so at once. Then, too, those churches 
that have contribated should not let the mat- 
ter drop. We propoae to dan the Hunting- 
don church for a second installment very 
shortly, and we suggest that the solicitors in 
the other congregations do likewise. 

A young lady in our Bible-class last Sab- 
bath thought thst it Adam had been present 
with Eve, when the tempter came to her, she 
would not have been overcome. It ie true, 
"lu union there is strength," and it may have 
been that the presence of Adam would have 
fortified her. Bat, be that as it may, it la ev- 
ident th&i the fernpter selected Evs as a me- 
dium through which to approach Adam. — 
The temptation would not have come to Ad- 
am with eo much fores from Satan hiiJiself. 
He knew the ii.flaence Eve had over Adam, 
and he knovjs the iifiaence women have over 
men to-day. He selects women as mediums 
through which to approach men; and as he 
was eucceesful then, so he is now. The sev- 
enth chapter ot Proverbs gives an illustratioLi 
ofhowmenaie enticed by evil women.— 
Many a youcg man has received from the 
hand of a liidy friesd the wine glass which 
has proved to be his ruin. But, while her 
iriiaerjce for evil is great, it is correspond- 
ingly great for good. Solomon also says, 
the price of a vittuona woman is far above 
rubies. Her value in the home, in the 
church and in society cannot well be overes- 
tin)a':ed. On account of the influence she 
has over men, her power for evil or good is 
great, and this places women under great re- 
sponsibilities, which they ehotild more deep- 
ly feel. If all our young women were to set 
themse'ves firmly against drink and tobacco 
habits, what an iiiiiaence for good they could 

Subscribers for the Golden Dawn are com- 
ing ill, but not ao rapidly as they should. 
Some of our people are under a wrong im- 
pression as to the character of the Dawn. It 
is not a children's magazine, neither is it a 
church magazine. It aims to be somewhat 
literary in its character, and is intended as 
a medium through which our young men and 
women, who have some literary qualifications, 
may improve their talents. It contains live 
articles on Sunday-school work, the Prayer- 
meeting, and Education. It also contains 
notes from our schools, and other matter of 
interest. We felt that a magazine of this 
kind was needed, and a year's experience has 
confirmed us in this belief. The fact, how- 
ever, that it is a monthly, seems to be objec- 
tionable to some. Says a friend, "We live in 
too fast an age for monthlies." In view of 
this we have thought some of converting it 
into a weekly, and making it a regular fami- 
ly newspaper. We should then retain all its 
present features, with the addition of- a news 
department, and a farm and household de- 
partment. In nearly every family a news- 
paper of sojjje ki?3d jg found,. mA these pa- 

pers are not without their objections. They 
contain accounts of euiciden, muider«, and 
much other matter that should not be read 
by young mei and women. Would not a 
weekly, eontairsing the secular new?, careful- 
ly selected, and such matter as the Daicn 
now eontainp, be an advantage to oar fami- 
lies? We cannot be too careful about the 
kii)d of literature that comes into our fami« 
lies, arid every effort should be n^ade to sup- 
ply that which is pure and good. The church 
paper should occupy the firet place in the 
family. Then, as we want to know what ie 
going on in the world, we ehould try to get 
our information from mediums that are as 
free as possible from objectionable matter. 
The Dawn in its present form should have 
a large support. It contains matter that can- 
not fail to be helpful to the reader. The 
January number is now out, and it is full of 
good things. In the Sanday-school Depart- 
ment is an article entitled "Dress in School," 
which parents shoukl reed and apply. "Sun- 
day-gchooi Tesching" is another paper full 
of good hints for teachers. "The Center Ta- 
ble" t&lks contain some good hints, and "Our 
Budget" is full of little gems from the latest 
writers. We cannot name all the contents. 
Send for a sample copy. When you have 
read a number or the Dawn, it you appreci- 
ate good literature, jou will become a sub- 
gcriber. J, B. b. 

jvotes from oue correspondents. 

"As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from 
a far country." 

— Bro. Samuel Studebaker was with the Na- 
perville (111.) Brethren, Jan. 14, and preached 
four sermona for them. The church is mov- 
ing forward in the good work, so reports Bro. 
Harvey M. BarkdolJ. 

— Bro. Daniel Zook, of Unionville, lows, 
writes of some good meetings they have had 
recently. Bro. Lewis Kolb preached thir- 
teen sermons for them, much to the edifica- 
tion of the church, and the strengthening of 
the cause. 

—Bro. John Forney,'of Abilene, Kan., has 
been taking a little rest from his labors in 
the mission field. His fellow-worker, Bro. 
J. D. Trostle, took sick, and the work had to 
be given up for a time. Bro. Forney was in 
the field eighty days during the fall and win- 

— Sister E. Strother, formerly Shrull, 
would like to hear from some of the members 
of the Yellow Creek church, 111. She now 
lives at Brookston, Lsmar Co., Tex. She 
would like to have some of the brethren vis- 
it that part of the Lone Star State, and preach 
for them. 

— Bro. Joeiah Beeghly, of Engle's Mills, 
Md., reports good meetings in their church. 
Bro. E K. Hochstetler, of Penney Ivan is, was 
with them. Two were baptized. During (he 
summer thirteen were added to the church 
by baptism, and the prospects appear to be 
good for more to oomQ, 

— Bro. Henry Showalter, of the Kansas 
CJenter church, Mitcbeil, E'ce Co., Kan., 
writes that the church there is moving along 
harmoniously, and invites those brethren 
who desire to change their location, to come 
and see them. 

— Bro. James Kennedy, of Hod tioy, Mich. 
t^ays that the Chippewa church is in good 
working order. They invite our brethren to 
visit them. Land is cheap in that locality, 
and Bro. K. will answer^ those who desire 
further particulars. 

— Sister Sarah A, Miller, of Lawistown, O., 
has a good word for the Messenger. She 
writes, "I feel thankful to the brethren for 
ssudiag out so promptly such a good paper. 
1 love it next to my Bible. It makes my 
heart glad to hear of the prosperity of Zion." 

— Sister Susan Strope, of Oreana, liL, has 
paid a visit to Oziik, Mo., where she found 
many people anxious to hear the Brethren 
pre--ch. She has been sending the Messen- 
ger and tracts to this place for two years, 
and she thinks many sheaves may be gath- 
ered into the garner ii! a proper efiart is made. 
Will some of the brethren at Springfield, 
Mo., look after this call? Address W. L. 
Dotson, Oz^rk, Christian Co., Mo. 

— Bro. Levi Andes, of Newton, Kan., re- 
ports a pleasant church meeting Jan. 3. Bro. 
Abram Shepler, of Keno Co., assisted them 
in the work, and all business was satisfactor- 
ily settled. He say?, "If there are any good, 
faithful ministering brethren who want to 
make themselves useful in the Master's csu?e, 
let them come this way; we have work for 
them. We have meeting every Sunday, and 
every other Sunday at two places, with other 
church calls and funerals in between." 

— Bro. Marshal] Ennis, formerly of Arkan- 
sas, has located at Englewood, Clark Co., 
Kan. This part of the State has just been 
opened for settlers, and Bro. E. thinks it is a 
good place to secure a home. Homesteads 
may be had yet, but they are being taken up 
very rapidly. To reach this part of the 
county, go by rail to Dodge City or Medicine 
Lodge, and then take the stage for Engle- 
wood. Bro. E. will answer ail inquiries. Do 
not forget to enclose a stamp when you write 
for information. 

— Bro. T. J. Redding gives us an account 
of the organization of the Golden Spring 
church, Burt Co., Neb. Lnst spring Bro. 
Shrine, of Indiana, visited and preached for 
them, and baptized twelve. Later, Bro. 
Trostle, of Iowa, preached for them a short 
time. In the fall brethren Stambaugh and 
Mooniaw met with t'^^em, and completed 
their organization, with brethren Bedding 
and George Blue as minister?, and brethren 
C. Bachsn and Hiram Grothy, deacons. Bro. 
Stambaugh is their eider. After the organ- 
ization was effected, a love-feast was held, 
and six more were added to the church by 
baptism. They expect brethren Shrine and 
Snowberger to be with them in the near fut- 
ure. A great interest is manifested in the 
work, and they ask an interest in the prayers 
of the brethren that the good work may not 
be hindered. 



Feb. 1,1887, 

— Bro. C. Burns, 01 the SsndEidge church 
Ohio, iiifornis us that Bro. H. Dickey held a 
eeries of meetings for ibem. The members 
of the church were much encouraged on their 
way Zionward. Bio. aud sister Eow of Du- 
pont, Ohio, were also with them. 

— Bro. il. N, "Wirger located ou the Lower 
St Vrain'e, rear Platievilie, TVeld Co., Col, 
December, lSS:i, where there were but eight 
families within a radius of three miles, and 
but one school-house within five miles. Now 
there are two families ou every section and 
four school-houses. They held their first 
meeting, on the first Sunday in 1SS6, in their 
new echool-hcnse. Bro. J. B. Bashor has as- 
sisted them; ficce then they have been hold- 
ing meetings regularly, except two moutha 
during the very busy season, when the people 
will not stop work to go to meeting. They 
also organized a Sand ay- school with seven in 
attendance. It grew in interest and the av- 
erage attendance during the summer was 
twenty-eight. Bro. Winger commenced a 
series of meetings, Jan. 2, assisted by Bro. 
Tally. The meeticgs were well attended. 
Bro. "Winger would like to have some help in 
the ministry. There are some excellent op- 
portunities fcr investment, and desirable 
homes can be had at ?. low price. Write to 
Bro. W. as above, and he will cheerfully give 
you information on the subject. 


''Write what thoa see^t — andserd it ujato tha churches." 

Froni Ceutrevie'«" Ciiuvcli, Mo. 

Tee Brethren of the Centreview church 
just closed a short series of meetings. The 
weather being very cold, the meetings were 
not largely attended, but were interesting. 
Bro. Garman did the preaching. One was 
willing to confess Christ and walk with the 
people of God. It was our elder, A. Hutchi- 
son's son. While he is in the distent East, 
in other fields of labor, trying to persuade 
others to come into the fold, his son, at home 
did not forget the duty he owed to his God. 
We trust his older brothers will not resist 
the gentle wooings or the spirit, but will soon 
follow the example of their brother. May 
they all serve God here, that in death they 
may make an unbroken family in the bright 
beyond! Amanda Witmore. 

From Siijjar Creek Cbiirch, Ohio. 

The members of the above-named church, 
according to mutual agreement, bought the 
M. E church-house in the town of PiBgerg- 
ville, and remodeled it. By request we 
preached the dedicatory sermon, on Sunday, 
.Jan. 2, and continued the meetings until 
Sunday, the 9th. The congregation and in- 
terest increased as the meetings continued. 
Extra seats were placed in front of the pul- 
pit and along the aisles. A number stood in 
the aisles, who could not be seated ; others 
could not get in the house. We never at- 
tended a meeting where there was more in- 
terest manifestecl. On Saturday, the 8th, 

the Brethren selected a place near town for 
the administration of Christian baptism. — 
On Snuday, the '.'ib, twelve precious souls 
were buried beneath the liquid stream, where 
probably a thousand people witnessed the 
bapt'smel 6ceue. The above-named church 
is presided over by Eld. Michael Shutt. His 
co-laborers are brethren Josiah Hostetier 
and Samuel Berger. Thanks to the kind 
members and the community fcr their excel- 
lent deportment, combined with their devo- 
tion to the cause. Long may the house stand 
as a hou-9 of prayer, and from that sacred 
desk and from within those consecrated 
wails, rDay the holy incense of earnest pray- 
er rise up for a memorial before the Lord 
God of Sabaoth, perfumed with the rueriis of 
the Eedeemer's blood, and in answer to the 
same may Jehovah's richest blessings de- 
scend, and rest upon every sincere and true 
worshiper. Silas Hoover. 

Thornville, Ohio. 

From Fredonia Cliurch, Kan. 

The Fredonia church met in council, 
and everything passed cfi pleasantly. They 
held a choice for a speaker; the lot fell upon 
Bro. Jacob Franiz, the Superintendent of 
our evergreen Sunday echcoi. Bro. Campbell, 
of Crawford Co., Kan , was with us at the 
same time, holding a series of meetings, ag- 
eisted by the home ministry, in which we 
were much encouraged and built up, Bro, 
Campbell has the gift of oratory. Our elder, 
G. W. Studebaker ia still an active worker, 
with unabating zeal and energy, though nearly 
seventy years of age. He has a defect in his 
hearing, for which cause he cannot assist in 
the Sunday-school as he would desire. He 
expresses his sincere gratitude for a most ex- 
cellent conversation tube which was sent 
him by John Studebaker (hie brother), from 
Troy, Ohio. Allen A. Oberlin, Sec. 

From Pit{.s1>urg-, Ohio. 

Eld. Akdbeav Hutcbison came to us and 
commenced preaching at the Pittsburg hcuee, 
on the morning of Dec. 25, with indications 
not the most auspicious in the world, but 
Bro. H. plied the gospel hammer vigorously 
for one week, when his arrangements com- 
pelled him to leave us. Ae immediate results 
two precious souls were received by baptism, 
members much encouraged and aliens made 
to weepingly look at their condition, and, no 
doubt, they resolved soon to change their re- 
lationship. May the Lord speed the day ! 

Congregations that are permitted to enjoy 
a series of sermons by Bro. H., will cot say, 
after he is gone, Ee did us more harm than 
good, which is so often said after a series of 
co.^xing and death-bed story sermons have 
been delivered; the preacher has gone and 
trouble commenced. No wonder that some 
churches are particular as to who shall do 
the preaching for them. Some rainisters who 
have their reputation well up, as successful 
evangelists, do much of their work by mak- 
ing promises, privately, which are not in ac- 
cordance with the goapel nor the faith r^nd 

practice of the Brotherhood; such ag, "you 
need to wear your prayer covering only on 
communion occasions," "You just wear your 
hat and anything you please, and if you get 
into any trouble, let me know and I will 
come and help you out." The trouble comes 
but no preacher comes to help them out, and 
because they will not hear the church, they 
must be ae "an heathen man and a publican." 
The last state of that poor, deluded soul ia 
worse than the first. Woe unto the preach- 
er in the vday of judgment, who thus deludes! 
While many saints are made to rejoice when 
lf.rgo numbers join the church, all saints on 
earth and angels in heaven can rejoice when 
those who do como are converted and "their 
names are written in heaven." 

Jesse Stutsman. 

Notes and Jottings. 

The Brethren of Wolf Creek and Philips- 
burg, Montgomery Co., O., built a meeticg- 
hcusp, jointly, at the village of Arlington. 
At tbig house we commenced a meeting Dec. 
17. Serious attention seemed to be given to 
the Word preached ; with a growing attend- 
ance, we closed Jan. 4. There were sixteen 

On our return home we found that our 
meeting in Covington had been in progress 
one week, %?ith Bro. J. M. Mohler at the 
helm. Bro. J. M. is one of our active evangel- 
ists, spending the most of bis time in the 
field. He offers no compromise; his manner 
of reasoning is clear and comprehenbive. The 
attendance was large. We closed the even- 
ing of the 16th with four additions. The 
prospect of tbe future with us is flattering. 

On the 18 :h. with a large assemblage of 
friends, we were called upon to stand by the 
open grave of cur aged sister Samuel Moh- 
ler. She fell aileep on the evening of the 
Knh, in the eighty- first year of her age. Her 
suffering v?aa great, but she bore it all pa- 
tiently, with the con&tant prayer that the 
Lord would speed the hour, when she might 
"depart and be with Christ." Bro, Samuel, 
our aged elder, is in his ucual health. The 
above stroke seemed to fall heavily upon him. 
We spent the eveni.Jig of the 18th in his fam- 
ily, trying to administer words of comfort. 
We met at their altar of prayer. 

We again took leave of our family on the 
IDth, and are now battling for the cause at 
Cerro Gordo, 111. I. J. Eosenberger. 

From Fast Ninii.siiillen Cliurcli, OLio 

For several years the church at this place 
had trouble with one of the contending ele- 
ments, but during the last year we had coun- 
cils in which there were no difficulties to set- 
tle. On Jan. 8, brethren J, D. Parker and 
Noah Longanecker came and preached the 
Word to us, continuing until the evening of 
the 19ih, preaching, in all, seventeen sermons, 
including one funeral sermon. The church 
was refreBhed, parents were made to rejoice 
to see their children come to Christ, the wa- 
ters were troubled, and twenty-one precious 
souls were added to the fold. 

Marlboro', 0. J. J. Hooyeb, 

Feb. 1, 1887. 



From Antietaoj Churcb, Pa. 

We have just cloeed one o£ the most inter- 
esting series of meetings thia congregation 
has had since the church trouble here. It 
was conducted by Bro. H. C. Early, from 
New Hope, Augusta Co,, Va., who casQe to 
the Welty meeting-house on the evening of 
Jan. 8. He preached twelve sermons at that 
place, and attended two funerals. The con- 
gregations were large from the beginning and 
continued so till the close. Wa closed ab- 
ruptly; the cause was, Bro. Early took a bad 
cold and got very hoarse. Wa should have 
continued ten days longer. We feel satisfied 
that more would have joined in with us to 
serve the Lord. The result of our meeting 
was, eight baptized, two reclaimed, five more 
applicants for baptigm. Three of those bap- 
tized were fathers, bad grown children and 
some of their children were in the church. 
Their companions have long since been ia 
the church. Their prayers, with those of the 
church, were heard at last. O, what joy was 
felt and expressed by the companions and the 
children of these fathers ! The others were 
young people. Those reclaimed had been 
out of the church for over fifteen years. Bet- 
ter feeling and greater joy I never saw man- 
ifested, than in the receiving back into the 
church these two returned wanderers. I hope 
and trust and pray that they all may be faith- 
ful and worthy members of the church. 

The members all took great interest in the 
meeting. Old fathers and mothers were reg- 
ular in their atiendance, and all were much 
encouraged and cheered. Bro. Early is a 
young man, but an able minister of God. He 
held forth the Word of Life in the power 
and demonstration of the spirit of God. !So 
clearly did he defend his position, in the 
preaching of the gospel, that people of oiher 
denominations could not gainsay the truth, 
but desired to hear him again. 

He left us, rejoicing in the interesting 
meetings we had enjoyed. The congenial 
associations and the bflectionate feeling that 
existed among the members, and the respect 
shown him, were as they should be. May 
the Lord biees the preaching of the Word, 
that the many good impresBions made may 
not die, but be watered by God's grace, and 
be matured in accepting Jesus as their Sav- 
ior, by uniting with God's people! 

J. F. Ollei^. 

From Minj^oiia, Kan. 

There are many readers of the Messenger 
who, before seeing m^ name, will not have 
known that such a person existp. Upon the 
other hand, there are many in Indiana, lili- 
nois, Iowa, and in other paita of Kansas, 
who will remember my weak efTorts, while 
standing before them in the administration cf 
the Gospel. To these I say that I have cast 
anchor at Mingona, Barbour Co , Kan., where 
I found a large and open field with but few 
laborers. Here I found a church, organized 
in the general order of the Brotherhood. One 
grand feature is that a number of the Breth- 
ren's children have made the good choice, 
with Moses of old, "rather to suffer aifl lo- 

tion with the people of God, than to enjay 
the pleasures of sin for a season." 

And v/hile I say I am well pleased with 
this congregation and the spiritual prospects, 
I ehould like also to tell the readers of the 
Messenger of the good qualities of this 
country, but as such an advertisement woold 
not be admitted, I will only eay to those de- 
siring Eucli information, that it will be cheer- 
fully given them by addressing the under- 
signed. J. F. Neher. 

Jan. lf>, 1887. 

From the Sunny Soiitli. 

We left Stuttgart, Ark. en the morning of 
the 12:h, at 1 A. M., traveling via the Cotton 
Belt Route. We arrived at Texarkana at 
about 1 P. M., where we were detained thir- 
ty-one hours. It was a narrow-gauge road, 
and they were widening the road in order to 
make it a standard-gauge road. After the 
delay, the road being still unfinished, we had 
to lose part of our tickets. We took another 
road, and came on to Dallas, where we arriv- 
ed at 6 A. M. We found our nephew, Mr. 
John Evans, and his wife, waiting for us. 

After an erjoyable drive of about sixteen 
miles south, we reached their pleasant home. 
It is at their place I am now writing, with 
Goat off, needing no fire, and even with doors 
open. It feels and looks much like a May 
day in Illinois. Farmers are out plowing, in 
their shirt- sleeves. When we think of the 
long, cold winters of the North, it makes us 
feel that this is truly a part of the "Sunny 

The soil here ia generally good and pro- 
ductive, when well cultivated, and we think 
that any man, with reasonable industry and 
cere, can make a good living here. Yet 
with all. of our searching, we find no perfect 
paradise on earth. Each country has some 
objectioiis. The best thing for us all to do, 
therefore, is to reach out after that Paradise 
where there are no storms, no drouths, freez- 
ings Ecr Ecoicbing suns — "Where sickness, 
sorrow, pain and death, are felt and feared 
no more !' That ia the best country that I 
have heard of. May God grant us wisdom 
and grace to get there! Who will come to 
the South and teil the people about that 
country so that tJuij may go there too? The 
Lord willicg, wo shall commence meeting to- 
morrow. Much love to all. Jas. E Gisn. 

Lancasier, Tex., Jan. 15, 1887. 

From Mainland, Pa. 

The Brethren of the Hatfield church 
held a series of meetings. The first meeting 
was held on New Year's evening, and con- 
tinued nearly two weeks. An able ministeri- 
al force was represented. Bro. Longanecker 
from Prtlmyra, Pd , CDuducted the meetings. 
He was ably assisted by Brethren Jonas 
Price, Isaac Kalp, Chas. Moore, J. H. Pifice 
and Wm. Nyce. Surely the meeting were, as 
a sister remarked, "a feast to the soul." 
The attendauca was good, the house was 
filled with interested listeners, and though 
there were no immediate acoessiong to the 

church, yet we believe and trust that in God's 
own time we shall see the good results. 

On Wednesday evening they addressed 
U3 from the words, "Then v/ere the disciples 
glad, when they saw the Lord." It we fol- 
low closely in hia footsteps, always ready to 
8 ay a word for him, ever striving to obey his 
commands, then we, too, may say, that we are 
glad to see Jeeus. 

May God bless Bro, Longanecker; his 
labors of love ia appreciated, and we hope 
he will come again and preach for us. He 
certainly did his part to declare the whole 
gospel, and that is what the world needs to- 
day. Lizzie H. Delp. 

From'Mollidaysburi2r, Pa. 

We have again entered upon the duties of 
another year. In reviewing the year that is 
past, we see many imperfections, and, on the 
other side, many blessings for which we 
should be grateful to our Heavenly Father. 
Many who were near and dear to us, have 
passed over the river cf death during the pest 
year, others have been prostrated upon beds 
of affliction. Thus, 

"God moves in a mysterious may, 
His "wonders to perform.'' 

We have now turned a new leaf for the 
new year, and trust that we have not turned 
tbe leaf the wrong way. May God be with 
119, and at last save ua in heaven! 

Emily E. Stifler, 

Jan. 7, 1887. 

Frosii Frankliu Grove, III, 

Continuing the meeting at the close of 
Bro. J. G. Royer's labors, on Jan. 2ad, Bro. 
Daniel Vsniman commenced on the evening 
of the 5iih, and continued preaching, day and 
evening, until Saturday evening the 16th, 
when he closed with a full house of five to 
six hundred people. Meetings were mostly 
well attended, although the wheater was ex- 
tremely cold pari of the time. Right well did 
he use the gospel of truth in his usual, pointed 
way, awakening the inquiry in the minds 
and hearts of a number as to their con- 

Nine were made willing to answer the de- 
mands of the Savior, and were baptized as 
Jesus was, and made the effort to walk in 
newness of life, making, in all, in this series 
of meetings, eleven, and one reclaimed. May 
the God of all the faithful enable them to 
holdout, until the end of their Christian race 
is run. 

We continued the meetings a few evenings, 
hoping others might be able to decide on the 
side of tbe Lord. On Thursday the last 
three were baptized, alarge CDUcourse of people 
being present. So ended this series of meet- 
ings. The membership, we think, was 
strengthened, as if they had taken new life, 
looking forward to the end. May Bro. 
Daniel have strength and help to labor in 
many more meetings for the liord! 

J. 0. Lahman. 

Jan. 21, 1887. 



Feb. 1, 1887. 

Fi-oni Stutts;;^.rt, Ark. 

As seme are ir quiring what cotinty Stutt- 
gart is in, we would B&y tliat it is in Aikan- 
8S8 County. The county line between Arkau- 
eas Comity and Prairie County, is about four 
miJes north of Stuttgart. The selection 1 
have made for our settlement is mostly in 
Prairie County. Brethren wishing to buy 
land in that vicinity can call on, or write to, 
Mr. J. A. Harr, of Fairmount, Arkansas Co. ; 
and as there is some trouble about titles of 
land, it would perhaps be well to have Mr. E. 
Pettit, of DeWitt, Arkansas Co., as their at- 
torney, to examine abstracts and titles. We 
expect to start to-night, for a short A'isit to 
Dallas County, Tex. My best wishes lO all! 

Jan. 11, 1S>7. Jas. E Gish, 

Froiu AVliite Pigrcoii, Mich. 

We commenced a series of meetings in the 
Pleasant Tslley church on Nesv Year's Day, 
with the home ministers, Bro. J. Hoover and 
myself. Bro. J. B. Shoemaker's health was 
too poor to allow him to attend. On Monday 
evening, the 3rd, we were reinforced by Bro. 
B. B. Bollinger, -who very acceptably declar- 
ed the gospel to a sin-dying world until yes- 
terday. Last night Bro. Leer came to ue to 
assist us a few days. iS^ine precious souls 
have accepted the truth as it is in Jesus, and 
have been received into hie church by bap- 
tism. Although the ice was thick aad had to 
be removed, they would come. ' We bless 
God and take ccurege, knowing that our la- 
bors are not in vain. More anon. 

Jan. 1", 1887. A, A. Wlse. 

From IVIartijisburg, W. Va. 

Bbo. S. N. McCann preached for us until 
Oct. 22. He held meetings at three different 
places, and we had to cloge too saon at each 
place. Five were baptized during our meet- 
ings. Bro. McCann is now holding a series 
of meetings with the brethren in Frederick, 
Md. If we had more brethren like him, we 
would have lees pride in the church. He 
should be kept at the miseion&ry work all the 
time. We have a good prospect of more 
coming to the church before long. 

We have a large territory, and work for 
five more ministers. I can not fill near all 
of the calls for preaching, though I am doing 
all I can. I have had to attend to two ap- 
pointments every Sunday, and here in town 
we have our meeting on Saturday evening. I 
should like if a loyal minister would move 
among us to help in the work. We have a 
union Sunday-school in our meeting-houee at 
Tancleve&ville, superintended by Bro. F. M. 
Miller. Last Saturday they gave the chil- 
dren a treat of cake and candy, and Bro. Eli 
Yourtee addressed the children. Every- 
thing passed off nicely. John Beindle. 

From the Bristolville Church, O. 

The Messekgee comes to hand regularly, 
and is read with much pleasure and profit, 
b11 the more since we have preaching only 
once in six weeks. Among the brethren who 

80 kindly visited this little band of members 
during the past year, was Eld. Lewis Glass, 
from North Georgetown, Columbiana Co., O. 
This aged veteran of the cross, though near- 
ly fourscore years of age, still feels willing to 
do missionary work, and to spend and be 
spent in his Master's service. The dear old 
brother had charge of the church at this 
place for a number of years, and was the first, 
or among the first, of the brethren who came 
here to preach. At that time there was only 
one member living iu this vicinity. Sister 
Barb, or "Aunt Betsy," as she was familiar- 
ly called, was for many years the only mem- 
ber here, bat she remained firm and faithful 
to her Master, end to the church of her choice. 
At her request, Bro. Glass and other brethren 
came to preach in these parts, and in time 
succeeded in building up a little church here. 
The much loved sister has long since left us 
to join the ransomed throng across the silent 
river of death, but theicflaenceof her blame- 
less life, and qaiet Christian deportment, 
still lives to encourage us. on our way heav- 

To Bro. Glass meeting with us and 
preaching for us was very pleasant, and as 
we sat under the sound of his voice once 
more, memory went back over the years past 
and gone, during which father Glass was 
ever anxiously concerned for the welfare of 
the little flock here, and we know that his 
labors and prayers and tears have ever been 
for our spiritual prosperity. We shall ever 
remember the care and anxiety he had for us. 
Oar Christian and social intercourse has al- 
ways been pleasant and many have been his 
kind words of advice and encouragement on 
our way Zionv^ard and to the better life be- 
yond this. Oar joy was mutual in meeting 
again, and worshiping in the service of the 
Lord, on the way to Zion. May the declin- 
ing years of our aged pilgrims be their best 
and brightest ones, and may we all meet in 
that goodly land: 

"Where saints of all ages in havmony meet, 
Their Savior and brethren transported to greet 
While anthems of rapture unceasingly roll 
And the smile of our Lord is the feast of the soul." 

M. Steom. 

From Mulberry Grove, III. 

Ah I see in Gosi'EL Messenger, No. 2, sug- 
gestions in regard to the proceeds of the 
Orphan's Home of Southern Illinois, I also 
feel like giving my views as to what ought to 
be done with the money. As the Southern Dis- 
trict of Illinois has decided that ail the mon- 
ey, not called for, until the next District 
.Meeting, is to go to the mission fund of South- 
ern Illinois, my position is, that the District 
make a permanent fund and keep the money 
on interest, using only the interest for mission- 
ary work in the District. The Home money 
will make a good start for such a fund, and 
let the Brethren and others add to it. -Who 
knows but that such a fund may grow to be 
large after awhile. I feel to call for what I 
have in the Home and donate it to such a 
fund, and also feel to make it larger from time 
to time. It eeems tc me that such a fund 

would be a grand arrangement. It would 
still work after we are dead. Let us hear 
from others interested in the matter. 


A Correction. 

I WISH to correct a mistake made by Bro. 
Enoch Eby, in G. M. No. 50, page 797. Ha 
there states that our meeting-house here at 
Pleasant View was principally built by a sis- 
ter. I wish to inform the readers of the G. 
M. that I am not entitled to the honor there 
given. Honor to whom honor is due. As 
Bro. Lemuel Hillery shares with me in the 
amount that is yet standing, I wish to say 
that, had it not been for the zeal and earneit- 
ness of Bro. Hillery, there would bo no Pleas- 
ant View meeting-house. We labored and 
struggled hard to get the house of worship, 
yet there are some who do not appreciate 
our work aa we think they should. But we 
will leave all things in the hands of a just 
God, who will overrule all things for good, 
for, if the Lord is in the work, who can over- 
turn it? I hope that, when Bro. Eby reads 
this, he will not think hard of it, as I wifehed 
to correct this mistake, and I did it with all 
good feeling towards him, as I know that be 
has been misinformed. May the Lord abun- 
dantly bless his dear children every- where! 

Hetty Engel. 

Gone to Kest. 

On Jan. 2, 1887, sister Hannah Bowman 
died in Red Oak Grove congregation, Va,, 
aged ninety-three years, eleven months and 
seven days. She was the wife of Eld. Chris- 
tian Bowman, and survived him about twen- 
ty years. At her death she had 290 deecend- 
ants. She was a member of the church for 
about seventy years, and had adorned her 
profession by a meek and qaiet life. She 
desired to be absent from the flesh and pres- 
ent with the Lord, and, having delight el her- 
self in the Lord, she can now er j >y the de- 
fcires of her heart. Her funeral was preach- 
ed on the 4th inst., after which she was laid 
in the Brethren's cemetery to await the 
trump of God. Then the old, wrinkled body 
of our dear old grandmother will be changed 
into a lovely, tender, immortal body, with a 
tongue qualified to mske the vaults of heav- 
en ring with the fehouts of triumph. May 
the good Lord enable us to live such holy 
lives as she lived! C. D. Hylton. 

From the Montieello Church, In<l. 

We are still moving along in the good 
work of the Master. Brethren and sisters, 
let us renew our efforts in this great work of I 
salvation. I see in one of Dr. Talmege's ser- 
mons, according to statistical reports, that! 
the inhabitants of the world today number' 
about sixteen hundred millions, and about! 
four hundred and fifty millions are Chris-; 
tians, leaving eleven hundred and fifty mill- 
ions to be Christianized. If we divide this 
number by the number of Christians, we see 
there are about three persons for each Chris- 
tian to bring to Christ. Brethren and sis- 

Feb, 1, 1887. 



ters, can we, as a churcb, briLg in our num- 
ber? Who is so weak but can do that much 
for the salvation of three souls apiece? Let 
us all go to readiDg cur Bibles, bo we have 
knowledge. Let us pray, for by so doicg 
we gain power. Let ua go to work, acd we 
will be sure to accomplish the great work. 

We held a series of meetirtga at our home 
church during the Holidays. The home 
ministers did the preaching. Attendance 
was emalJ, but interest good. The results of 
the work were, a man and hia wife united 
with the church. They were both Presby- 
terians. Here, in the Pike Creek District, we 
hold social meetings every Wednesday ever- 
ing, at the Brethren's reeidences. We all 
enjoy these meetings, and I cannot see who 
would not. We think such meetings are pro- 
ductive of much good. Brethren, and espec- 
ially in our own district, for we are consid- 
erably scattered, go to work; and carry on 
social meetings in your own neighborhood, 
for we think they will result in much good 
to yourselves and neighbors. 

J. A. Weaver. 

Hj'ltoD, Va., iteais. 

The saints in our congregation have had a 
little season of rejoicing. On last Sunday 
ten young ladies were baptized. The weath 
er was quite cold, and the ice had to be re- 
moved for baptizing, but, like valiant sol- 
diers, they took up the cross. We have four 
more applicants for membership, and others 
are almost persuaded. Oar home brethren 
did the preaching. Eld. John W. Eller, of 
Salem, Va., is expected to commence a series 
of meetings in our congregation about the 
first of February. We trust the Spirit of 
God will overshadow his work. 

We were invited to the Pleasant Valley 
church, on the lot inst , where we conducted 
three meetings. The weather web very cold, 
and the congregations small, but we had an 
evidence that the Lord was with ue, and 
some were constrained to take up the cross 
and follow Jesus in the way. 

Not long since a meeting was conducted in 
a community i^Fhere there ¥»as a family re- 
siding, consisting of parents and grown chil- 
dren, all out of the church. The idea seemed 
to prevail among them that it waa wrong to 
conduct night meetings. Bat, however, the 
children attended the first meetiBg. The fa- 
ther came along nest day, and at the close of 
the sermon an invitation was oxtended, and 
behold! two of the daughters and another 
young lady came forward. And now the 
gray-haired father is inquiring the way. 

We have a sister, A. V. Hylton'u wife, liv- 
ing seven miles north of Springfield, Mo., 
that deserves the care of the Brethren. Her 
husband is a Methodist, but will treat the 
Brethren kindly. Will eome of the Missouri 
Brethren see after her at once? 

Some of our extremely cautious Brethren 
aek, Why do you get so many young people 
in the church? Why do you not get some 
of those older men who are substantial citi- 
zens — moral men? We answer by asking 
those dear old cautious Brethren, Why did 

you not put forth the seme effort, and use the 
same iillaence on them, while young, as are 
thrown around their children now? Answer 
first. G. D. Hylton. 


BARLEY— BE \RN.— At the residence of G. Vv^. and 
M. A Lon^, Crawford, Cook Co., TIL, Jan. 2, Bro. 
Albert F. Barley and sister .Susan B. Hearu, of Craw- 
forJ. S. E. YuNDT. 

STOOKEY— GINDER — At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Jan. 2, by Rev. J. 0. Biubakor, Mr. J. A. 
Scookey and Miss ilamie Ginder, all of McPherson, 

SPURGEON- S rOYER.— At the residence of the bride's 
p.irents, Bro. Dau'l Stover's, Jan. 6, by Eld. J. Amick, 
Junius B. (Spurgeon, of Adel, Iowa, and Minnie M. 
Stover, of Ogle Co., 111. 


'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. 

P033T. — In Republic Co., Kan., Jan. 14, Linnie Myrtle 
Pobst, aged 5 weeks and 6 days. Another little an- 
gel gone to rest in J(3su3. M. M. Eshelman. 

CRIST. — Jan. 13, of a paralytic stroke, Henry A., son of 
Bro. Jaco'o and sister Susan Crist, aged 12 years, 1 
month and 2 days. Services in the F. B. church, by 
the writer, from 1 Pet. 1; 24, 25. B. F. Floky. 

WOMACK.— In Nilwood, Macoupin Co , 111 , Jan, 15, 
Sarah Angelica, daughter of Bro. Robert P. and sis- 
ter Sarah J. Womack, aged 2 months and 2 days. 

J. H. Brubaker. 

REPP. — In the Centerview church, Mo , Jan. 15, infant 
son of friend Charles and sister Minnie Repp, aged 6 
Tv'ceks and 2 days. Services by the writer, from Ps. 
103: 15, 16. Jacob Witmors. 

GEORGE.— In the Verdigris church, Kan , Jan. 5. 1887, 
Dwight S., son of J. W. and sister Elizabeth George, 
aged 11 months and 26 days. Services by the writer. 

Chas. M. Yearout. 

LITTLE— In Arnold's Groye church, Mt. Carroll, 111., 
Nov. 24, Cecil Eldridge, son of Charles and Rebecca 
Little, aged 1 year, 11 months and 19 days. 

MYERS. — In the same church, Jan. 4, Henry Floyd, son 
of Heory and sister Mianie Myers, aged 1 month and 
25 days. 

WILER. — In the same church, of diphtheria. Bertha 
Alyeaia, daughter of Bro. and si.^ter Wiler, aged 7, .3 months and 9 dajs. J. J. Emmert. 

GARMAN. — In Grand Prairie chuich, Sidney, Nebr., 
of dropsy, Diana, wife of E. P. Garman, aged 51 
jearp, 8 months and 27 days. 
She was a consistent member of the chuich for 30 
year.", and for the last 17 years a deaconess. For three 
months before her death, she could not lie d:)wn, but 
bore her alH-ction patiently. Shorily before ^he died she 
told the children she would not be here long, and wanted 
them all to prepare to meet her in heaven. Just before 
she died she tcok her husband by the hand, and said, 
"I'm going"; then she called the children and said, 
"Mamma's going away;" then presently she said, "T'm 
leady.'' This was the last she spoke. She WdS born in 
Ohio; lived there 29 years; in Missouri 7 years; in Kan- 
sas 14 years; the rest of her lifetime, about nine months, 
at this place. E P. Garman. 

MgFADDEN.— Nov. 6, Sarah L., wife of 'William J. 
McFadden, aged 38 years, 5 months and 14 days. 
She endured her sufferings vevy patiently, and pass- 
ed away peaci fully. For 2 i years she was a consistent 
member, aad was never abseat from meetings when it 
v/as possible to attend. She was a member of the "Woos- 
ter church. Way ne Co , 0. She leaves a husband, four 
daughters and three sons to mourn their loss. She said 
she was going to her heavenly home, and desired all her 
friends to meet her there. Sex vices by Bro. David Irvin 
and David Ilostetle/-, iiom Rev. 14: 13, 14. 

StJSAN J. McFadden. 

GOUKER. — In Waynesboro, Pa., Jan. 7, cf croup, NCr- 
man B. Gouker, aged 2 years, 10 months and 15 days. 
The dear mother, heart-stricken, could hardly give 
up her dear little boy. May the Lord bless our brother 
and sister in this sad affliction. The messenger of death 
came again, again atd again, till three of our loved ones 
are gone. Services by the writer. 

KETTOMAN.— Near Ringgold, Md., Jan. 16, of diph- 
theria, Susannah Keltoman, aged 4 years, 11 mouths 
and 5 days. Services by the writer. 

FUNK.— Near Waynesboro, Pa , Jan. 4, Mis. Mary 
Fuuk, aged 75 years, 5 months and 10 days. 
She was a devoted mother, and raised a large fami- 
ly. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world a few 
years. She was sorely afflicted. Within seven months 
two of her sons died, both leaving young companions 
and loving families. Last, but not least, father and 
mother lived to quite an age, yet neglected the one 
thing needful. Oh, what a pity! Services by the writ- 
er, to a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing 

BARKDOLL.— In Ringgold, Md., Jan. 5, of nervous 
prostration from (he use of too much opium. Dr. Frank 
Several weeks previous to bis death he was awaken- 
ed to a true sense of his lost condition. He made every 
effort to comply with God's divine command. He was 
truly penitent, and longed to be buried with Christ in 
baptism, which effart was made, but could not be ac- 
complished, and so he died. This is a warning to all. 
Delay not this important work. Now is the accepted 
time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. Come, don't 
neglect. Services by the writer, from the words, "Set 
thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live," to 
a very large concourse of people. J. F. Ollsb. 

BLACK.— In the Welsh Run church, Pa., Dec. 11, Bro. 
Berijamin Black, aged 40 years, 4 months and 4 days. 
He leaves a wife and children to mourn their loss. 
Services by the writer and Bro. Samuel Foltze. 

NEKERK.— In the same church, Dec. 27, sister Cath- 
arine Nekerk, aged 86 years. Services in the Shank 
meeting-house, in the Back Creek congregation, by 
the writer, from Ps. 90: 12. 

KUBNE3.— In the same church, Dec. 28, sister Susan 
Kuhnes, aged 73 years, 3 months and 5 days. 
She was a consistent member of the church for a 
number of years, and was very useful in the community, 
doing much forsuftering humanity. She was anointed. 
She leaves a husband and seven daughters, all in the 
church. Services by the writer and Eld. David Long, 
from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. 

SHANK. — In the same church, Jan. 4, sister Su-anna 
Shank, aged 37 years and 19 days. She leaves a bus- 
band and children to mourn her departure. Services 
by the writer and Bro, A. Barnhart, from Ps. .36: 7, 8. 

MILLER. — In the same church, Jan. 14, sister Cathar- 
ine Miller, aged 77 years, 6 months and 8 days. 
She called for the eiders to be anointed, but when 
we arrived we saw her calmly breathe her last. She liv- 
ed an exemplary lii'e. Services by the writer and Bro. 
Samuel Foltze, from Job 22: 21. Nicholas Martin. 

ROPP— In the Deep Water church, Henry Co., Mo., 
Dec. 17, Willie E., only child of M. G. and Emma 
Ropp, aged 2 months. 

ROPP.— At the same place, Katie F., only child of R. Y. 
and sister Ida Ropp, aged 11 months and 16 days. 
S.-'rvices by Bro. John Hougendougler. 

SNIDER.— In the Upper Deer Creek church, Cass Co., 
lud., Dec. 25, Bro. William Snider, aged 72 years, 9 
months and 4 days. 
He was boxn in Bedford Co., Pa., March 21, 1814; 
moved to Miami Co., 0., in 1838; was maiTied to Cathar- 
ine Senseman in 1839; moved to Indiana in 1849. He 
faithfully served as deacon for many years. He Uaves a 
wife and eleven children to mourn their loss. Services 
by brethren Shively and Bowser. 

GISH.— At the same place, Jan. 13, Bro. James Griffin 
Gish, aged 51 years, 4 months and 12 days. He was 
born in Roanoke Co , Va., Sept. 1, 1835. He was a 
kind husband, an affectionate father and a consistent 

• member. W. S. Toney. 



Feb. 1, 1887. 

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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 8, 1887. No 6. 

Vol. 25, Old Series. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern Bouse, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa 

Bro. Michael Claar opened a series of meetings 
in the Albright church, Clover Creek congregation, on 
the 23rcl, and will continue a week or more. 

Bro. James A. Sell is now laboring for the James 
Creek Brethren, at the Coffee Run church house. The 
meeting will be continued for several weeks. 

Eld. S. H. Myers, of Timberville, Va., says that 
they expect to commence a series of meetings Feb. 2. 
Eld. D. F. Stouffer is expected to do the preaching. 

Brethren A. Hutchison and I. J. Rosenberger have 
been laboring in the Miami Valley Ohio, with good suc- 
cess. The members there have been encouraged, and 
sinners made to inquire after salvation. 

»-nSEND to Bro. J. JSr. .Sn\der, Grundy Center, Iowa, 
ifor missionary number^ pi ,Dcr Brncderbote. He has 
iseveral hundred copic s on hand that he will send free 
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and give them to yovu" ^ei' friends and neighbors. 

We had a short call from brethren J. E. Shope and 
J. E. Mxlniire, who informed us that thej' are now con- 
ducting an interesting meeting in Black Log Vallej-, in 
the Aughwick congregation, and that sixteen have al- 
ready been baptized. The meeting will be continued, 
and we hope that great good may be the result. At 
this place there were about seventy added a year ago. 

We have a few brethren and sisters living at Manor 
Hill, this county, w!io are under the charge of the 
Spring Run church. On last Saturday we were taken 
out to preach for them. We had services on .Saturday 
evening and Sunday morning, with good attendance 
and seemingly a good interest. On account of the dis- 
tance of travel from the Spring Run Brethren, thej' 
have services only every eight weeks, so that an occa- 
sional go-between is much appreciated. Bro. Budd 
Harshbarger will gladly bring, care for, and rctiu-n 
brethren to railroad if thev will so notify'. 

Bro. U. C. Moomaw, of Cloverdale, is now in the 
Woodstock, Va , congregation, laboring for tiie good 
cause there. He says: "Preaching the old, apostolic 
plan of salvation now-a-days, w-hen people are offered 
heaven on terms compatible with all manner of world- 
liness, is attended with heavy discouragements, and 
painful solicitude and grief. The preaching of the cross 
has lost, in a measure, its significance, and means no 
more now than a life of average decent respectability, 
and the only one most people bear is made of vellow 
metal, and can be bought of any jeweler for one dollar 
and fifty cents." This is rather a dark picture that you 
have drawn, Bro. D. C. M., and some will, no doubt, 
say that you are a dyspeptic — if nothing worse — because 
it is generally believed that the world is growing bet- 
ter, more clever and obliging every day. We don't 
know anything about your physical health, but we do 
know that men breathe of the air in which they move, 
and that their words, as a rule, form a good index to 
what is within. Many others, if they were to speak, 
would saj' the same thing. Yet we are glad to believe 
that there are many true hearts whose souls are pant- 
ing for the living water, and, were it given them, would 
gladly drink and live. 

The Golden Davoi is now in its third volume, and so 
far has not paid its cost. We continue its publication, 
because we believe it fills a want that cannot be filled 
in any other way. It is a 32-page magazine, beautiful- 
ly' printed, stitched, trimmed and nicely covered, once 
a month, for only $1.00 per year. It is a paper that is 
needed in every home wliere there are young people, 
and will be read with equal profit by old ones. While 
it is not strictly a church paper, its tone is religious and 
pure; filled with such matter as cannot help but be 
profitable to every Christian family. The .Sunday- 
school, the Bible-class, Pra3-er-meeting, Education, the 
Family, etc., all receive careful consideration in its pag- 
es. That it may be sustained, we kindly ask our read- 
ers to help us by becoming interested in it sufficiently 
to take it themselves, and ask others to subscribe. By 
a little effort on the part of our friends who prize a 
pure family magazine, it will be well sustained. 


What a wonderful instrument is tlie pen! Thougii 
small, yet mighty! Through its silent power the 
world and the church are being molded. I'rom the 
same instrument comes forth the good and the bad, 
and it looks as if the church and the devil were both 
riding the same horse. The one as a steed of lightning- 
swiftness, carrying forth and sowing the seeds of love, 
joy and peace; the other, as a terrible battlement of 
sin, spreading loss, sadness and ruin in its course. The 
pen, aided by the press, forms two great armies, one 
against the other, in mortal conflict, the one led bv tiie 
Mightj' Prince and Friend of sinners, the other by Lu- 
cifer, enemy of God, and the destroyer of souls. The 
world to-day is literally flooded witli the products of 
the pen, and, though much of it is professedly of a re- 
ligious character, the large bulk of it is decidedly de- 
ceptive, and carries with it a soul-destroying influence. 
The cloven foot is so completely wrapped in the garb 
of righteousness that its stinging and damning power 
is not seen until it has its victim firmly within its grasp. 

While mucli of it comes out with a brazen front, 
with flying banners and unmistakable finger boards, 
pointing clearly the broad way through elysian gardens 
of sin, that ends in ruin and eternal death, there »is no 
small amount that is intentionally deceptive, and is 
leading thousands to death, unconscious of the end that 
is awaiting them. The pen is made the devil's most 
effective instrument for evil, because lie can use it in a 
way and in places tliat noneotliers can be used or plac- 
ed. His lying deceptions are placed in the most at- 
tractive papers and beautifully bound books. Tiie poi- 
son, like sugar-coated pills, is studiously covered over. 
Around it is placed a thick layer of religious appear- 
ances, colored up ^vith fine and pleasing language, so 
that dose after dose can be taken witliout the \ictim 
becoming conscious of its direful effects. 

These pen pills are almost as numerous as the sands 
on the sea shore. Like the deceptive bait, thev are cast 
into the stream of life with the intention of not onlv de- 
ceiving, but catching and destroying. The authors of 
them become fishers for men. Their baits and iiooks 
are scattered as the thistle seed. By tlie wa\-side, in 
the garden and in the field alike they fall. Tlie mail 
pouches are made ponderous with them; thev are plac- 
ed in our boxes, in our hands — scattered in the hioh- 
ways, dropped on our streets, and even crammed under- 
neath our doors. It is the war of the pen, and it is 
pushed to the uttermost limits. The coarser and more 
rampant seeds are sown among the ignorant and the 

worldly-minded — a better article among the well dis- 
posed, and the finer are offered to the ministry — for a 
price, if it can be had — if not, it is sent free, with the 
hope that, if the head can be corrupted, the ih-st loss 
will be made up in gain from the bod\- — and they are 
not always disappointed. 

While the yellow-backed dime no\-el is blighting tlie 
life and destroying tiie souls of many, it is not the 
most destructive ^veapo^ of the devil. Thei-e is a 
kind of pen seed that comes in rhromo-backed and il- 
lustrated magazines, and Turkey Morocco bound and 
gilt-edged volumes, th.-it kill a better gaine and at a 
longer range. Moralism, spiritualism, uni\-ersalism, 
atheism, non-cssentialism, and a hundred other isms are 
all pen seeds that are being sowed witli lavish hand, 
and bringing forth a rich harvest on tlie side of the 
army of sin. 

From the pens of the great and world-honoi'ed clergy 
come forth gilt-edged and gilt-sided sermons, illustrated 
with the "lillies of the valley" and scented with the 
roses of .Sharon. They are crossless and thornless, and 
are sweeter than honey from the honey comb. The 
bitter of self-denial is so thoroughly distilled from the 
religion of Christ that there is only a very little left, 
and that little is diluted witli worldly pleasures until, 
like the sugar-coated bread pills, they don't hurt the 
weakest spiritual stomach, and sin-sick souls are made 
to sleep in assured safety on the very brink of ruin. 

If we have not overdrawn our picture — if such is the 
way that the pen is being used for the enlargement of 
the works and the power of sin, how should we use it 
for the accomplishment of good.? Are Ave using the 
pen to its utmost capacity for the spreading of the gos- 
pel of sahation.' We ha\e before us, not onh- an open 
field, but also a large one. The kingdom of God, or 
the church, is represented as a sower going forth to 
sow. As long as there is a world, there is a soil for 
sowing, and seed should be sown. Because some mav 
fall by the wayside, among thorns, or in stony places, 
is no excuse or reason for not sowing. God gives the 
seed, tlie soil, the watering and the warming, and we 
are to sow it. .Sow in the morning, sow at noontide, 
and sow in the evening — sow all the time, and some of 
it will find gootl ground, gro;v up and produce a har- 

To do this sowing, the pen can and sliould be used. 
For the church, in the past, it has been a power for 
good, but a thousand times more might lia\e been ac- 
complished had it been \ised to the full extent of its 
possibilities. Leaflets, tracts and the Messenger 
might have been distributed by the hundreds of thou- 
sands \vith telling effect for good, and todav the possi- 
bilities are still greater for sowing gospel seed in this 

Brethren and sisters, let us awaken to a full sense of 
our duty in laboring for tlie sahation of souls, and the 
possibilities before us, and never feel at ease until we 
have done what we can. Because discouragements 
loom up before us-, and our efforts seem fruitless, is no 
reason for us to slacken in zeal or labor, but should in- 
cite us to greater effort, give us more zeal, and make 
us more determined in our warfare against the power 
of sin. A\'e wrestle not with flesh and blood alone, but 
against principalities and powers in high places. But. 
then, let it be so. We liaxe a better cause and a leader 
more mighty than they. All that is necessary, on our 
part, is to be good soldiers, fearless and bold, for the 
cause, and the victory, in the end, will be ours. The 
pen is mightier than the sword, but the might of it de- 
pends altogether in how we use it. A sanctified 
church, a sanctified ministry, and a sanctified pen will 
do wonders in redeeming the world for Christ. 



Feb, 8, 1887. 


•study to s^ow tl\j>e!f spr'OTixl unto God; a-norkmaii that 

nfredoth cot be asnatue i. rintitly dividing the 

Word of Xruth."" 



On a baptismal occasion oi: late, I heard a 
discourse, -wliereiu the speaker recommended 
immersion as the mode couceruiag which 
there could be no doubt. For himself no 
other mode jN'ould answer his conscience, yet 
if any desired to be sprinkled or poured, he 
would administer the rite in that way. Baptism 
was the answer of a good conscience, and if 
the conscience was satisfied with either of 
these modes, he wo\ild not bind their con- 

When Paul said by the Spirit, Baptism is 
the answer of a good conscience toward God, 
he did not design to say that if something 
else would answer men's dark and perverted 
conscience, it would answer just as well. The 
answer of the conscience is the response which 
it makes to the demands of duty; and when 
dnt\- of repentance and baptism is presented, 
a good conscience always res^Donds by doing 
the very thing required. 

Now there can be no doubt, that one of 
the principal reasons why he chose to be im- 
mersed and could not be satisfied with any- 
thing else, is. that baptize means to immerse. 
How, then, could he say to a candidate, 
"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," Avhen he 
knew that he did not baptize at all? He need 
not be conscience for others: if any wished to 
be sprinkled and call that baptism, they 
could do so, provided they could find one to 
administer whose conscience was like theirs. 

But how could one whose conscience, in his 
own individual case, could accept of nothing 
but immersion, because he believed that 
nothing else is baptism, conscientiously 
thus lie to another in the mpst solemn man- 
ner, in the sacred names of the Father, Son 
and Holy Spirit ? The Lord's Bible is no 
such a book as the confusion of creeds rep- 
resents it to be. "But,"' says one, "I can't 
see it as you do." It reads just alike, and 
speaks the same things to all who will let it 
mean what it says. The duties, required by 
the Bible, are plain to those who will open 
their eyes. The fault is in the reader, not 
in the revelation. 

Tirnhr-rvUlp, Vn. 


JiV K. A. 01;];. 

First Position. 

"We now resume our task of giving quota- 
tions from as gi'eat variety of authors as pos- 
sible on the dress question. Press of work 
has held us back so far. We want to 
know what is the common-sense view on this 
matter, and we know not how to better get at it 
than to find Avhat the best men of all i^irofes- 
sions have to say on it. 

We are convinced that the Bible and com- 
mon-sense ^^ew is one and the same thing; so 

that if it is found we have the common-sense 
Aiew, we have the safe one; and vice versa. 
Bead the extracts and make your own de- 

Extract No. 8. — No heathen god or god- 
dess has ever had more zealous devotees 
than fashion, or a more absurd and humiliat- 
ing ritual, or more mortifying and cruel 
penances. Her laws, like those of the Medes 
and Persians, must be implicitly obeyed, 
but unlike them, change as certainly as the 
moon. They are rarely founded in reason, 
usually violate common-sense, sometimes 
decency, and uniformly common comfort. 

Fashion rules the world, and a most ty- 
rannical mistress she is — compelling people 
to submit to the most inconvenient things 
imaginable, for her sake. She pinches our 
feet with tight shoes, or chokes us with a 
tight neckerchief, or squeezes the breath out 
of our body by tight lacing. 

Extract No. 4 — Then the example of a 
fashionable woman, how Ioav, how vulgar! 
With her the cut of a collar, the depth of a 
flounce, the style of a ribbon, is of more im- 
portance than the strength of a virtue, the 
form of a mind, or the style of a life. She 
consults the fashion plate oftener than her 
Bible; she visits the dry goods shop and the 
milliner more often than the church. She 
speaks of fashion ofteiier than of virtue, 
and follows it closer than she does her 
Savior. She can see squalid misery and low- 
bred vice without a blush or a twinge of the 
heart; but a plume out of fashion, or a table 
set in old style, would shock her into a hys- 
teric fit. Her example ! What is it but a 
breath of poison to the young? We had as 
soon have vice stalking bawdily in the pres- 
ence of our children, as the graceless form of 
fashion. Vice would look haggard and mean 
at first sight, but fashion would be gilded in- 
to an attractive delusion. Oh, fashion! how 
thou art dwarfing the intellect and eating 
out the heart of our people ! 

Extract No. 5. — The slave of fashion is 
one who assumes the livery of a princess, 
and then omits the errand of the good human 
soul; dresses in elegance and goes upon no 
good errand, and thinks and does nothing of 
value to mankind. 

Extract No. 6. — Beauty in dress is a 
good thing, rail at it who may. But it is a 
lower beauty, for which a higher beauty 
should not be sacrificed. They love dress 
too much who give it their first thought, 
their best time, or all their money; who for 
it neglect the culture of mind or heart, or the 
claims of others on their service; who care 
more for their dress, than their disposition ; 
who are troubled more by an unfashionable 
bonnet than a neglected duty. 

Extract No. 7. — Through dress the mind 
may be read, as through the delicate tissue 
the lettered page. A modest woman will modestly ; a really refined and intelli 
gent woman Avill bear the marks of careful 
selection and faultless taste. 

A true Christian is distinguished not so 
much by his beneficent works, as by his pa- 



"Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt have lost 
hi^ savor wherewith shall It be salted.'" Matt. 5: 13. 

Salt is an article not very easily defined, 
or made any plainer by defining. Dic- 
tionaries say it is ''chloride of sodium." This 
is not appreciated by the common reader, 
but its power and uses are well known, and 
as we use salt in our every meal, so we should 
season every act of our life by the divine re- 
ligion of the Master. 

1. The way io determine "Pure religion." 
AVe generally determine what salt is, by 
looking at it. This is, however, not a safe 
plan, for there are other articles that resem- 
ble it so much, that deception is possible. 
Cooks have made some sad mistakes by thus 
doing. The same is true of religion. Wolves 
may wear sheep's clothing. Not all that 
glitters is gold, and not all that looks like 
religion is ji)u?'e. We sometimes taste to 
determine whether the substance in question 
is salt. As there are other substances 
that have a similar taste, this i s not a safe 

The design of religion is to make people 
hapi^y here, and "over there." But it does 
not follow that any religioii, that makes its 
possessors happy here (tastes like religion), 
will hold out "over there." "Not every one 
that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth 
the will of my Father which is in heaven." 
There are, however, several ways of determin- 
ing this matter. We ascertain, too, by experi- 
ment, if not sure, whether the substance in 
question is salt, by putting it in food and find- 
ing it produces the same result. The result 
that salt is known to produce, decides the ques- 
tion. The same is true of religion. If the 
religion in question, will produce the same 
result here and "over there," that the Bible 
says it will i^rocluce, it most assuredly is 
"pure and undefiled." 

But, I solemnly ask. Will we risk on experi- 
ment? Is there no safer plan? The cook 
would not purchase an article that the gro- 
cer would say, he was not sure whether it was 
salt, but "You can find out by experimenting." 
And we are hapi:)y to say there is a "more ex- 
cellent way," and that is by chemical 
analysis;. If the substance in question is sub- 
mitted to a chemical test, and all the pro- 
X)erties of salt in the same proportion are 
found, there is no question as to what it is. 
The same is true of religion. Submit any 
religion to a chemical test — a critical com- 
parison with the Holy Scriptures — and it is 
found to contain all the principles in the 
same forms of expression as taught and ex- 
emplified by its divine Author, and his in- 
spired apostles, we can be sure that it is 
the pure and undefiled religion. 

In such a system Ave find no additions made 
by human pride, or subtraction made by 
human arrogance, but the Avord is rightly 
divided, and the fruit of the Si^irit, and the 
various Christian graces abound. Thus the 
man of God is "perfect and thoroughly fur- 


Feb. 8, 1887. 



nislied unto all good works," "always 
abounding in the work of the Lord." 
{To he Contimied.) 



This is the close of another year, — a 
beautiful sunshiny morning, after a cold 
night, with the mercury 30 degrees below 
zero. My children are at school, and my side- 
companion away, caring for the sorrowing 
sick, and I alone am left to converse with, 
and meditate upon, God and his greatness. 

After reading for a time some of my favor- 
ite books, for a change I amused myself a 
little while with my microscope, studying 
the anatomy of the little insects that in- 
habit the beautiful full-blown flowers, that 
decorate and help to cheer my winter fire- 
side. I now sit down to pen a few musing 
thoughts, in which I consider that we, who 
love to meditate upon the works of God, 
will not only trace him in the immense 
spheres which compose the universe, but also 
in the smallest insects and plants. 

We will find and adore the divine wisdom in 
the spider's web, just as much as in that power 
of attraction which preserves the planets in 
their orbits. These researches are facilitat- 
ed by the use of the microscope, which dis- 
covers to us new worlds, where we may ad- 
mire, in miniature, much that will excite 
our admiration, and those who have not had 
opportunities of using these instruments 
will, at least, read with pleasure some ac- 
count of microscopic objects. 

Let us first consider the inanimate world. 
Let us observe the mosses and small herbs 
which nature j^roduces in such abundance. 
How numerous are the parts and delicate 
fibers contained in these plants ! How diver- 
sified their outward appearance! How in- 
numerable their species! Let us think upon 
the immense number of minute parts of which 
every body whatever is composed, and which 
may be separated from it. 

If a hexagonal body of an inch square con- 
tains "a hundred millions of visible parts," 
who can calculate all the parts contained in 
a mountain? If "a million globules of mat- 
ter can be suspended at the point of a needle," 
how many are there in a spring, a well, 
or a sea? If "from a lighted taper there are 
emitted, in the si^ace of one second, more 
particles of light than there are grains of 
sand on the whole earth," how many parti- 
cles ought there to pass from a large tire in 
one hour? If "a grain of sand contains 
several millions of particles of air," how 
many must there be in the human body? If 
"we can divide a single grain of copper into 
millions of parts," without arriving at the 
elements of matter; if odorous bodies can 
exhale fragrant particles enough to perfume 
the air at a great distance Avithout the body 
losing anything of its weight, the human 
mind would require an eternity, nearly, to 
reckon the prodigious number of these par- 

If we now pass to the animal creation, our 
views will be infinitely extended. During 
the summer the air swarms with living creat- 
ures; each drop of water is a little world, 
teaming with inhabitants; every leaf is a 
colony of insects; and every grain of sand 
serves as an abode to multitudes of animate 
beings; every plant, seed, and flower, nourish- 
es millions of creatures. Every person must 
have seen those innumerable swarms of 
gnats, flies, and insects, which collect togeth- 
er in a very small space; what prodigious 
hosts of them must there live, enjoy them- 
selves, and multiply, on the surface of the 
earth, and in the immense space of the at- 
mosphere! How many myriads of insects, 
worms and reptiles must creep upon the 
earth, or be contained within its bosom! A 
number so great as to be known by God 

How splendidly manifest is his power, when 
we think of the multitudes of parts, which 
form these little creatures, of whose very ex- 
istence many men are entirely ignorant! 

There are shell-fish so minute, that, seen 
through a microscope, they scarcely appear 
as large as a grain of barley, and yet they are 
living animals, with secure habitations, the 
folds and cavities of which form many cham- 
bers. How very small is a mite; and yet, 
almost impercei^tible as it is, "seen through 
a microscope, it is found to be a hairy animal," 
perfect in all its limbs, of a regular form, full 
of life and feeling, provided with all the 
organs necessary to it." Though this ani- 
mal nearly escapes our perception, it pos- 
sesses a multitude of parts much smaller; 
and what is still more Avonderful, is, that the 
glasses which enable us to discover so many 
faults and imperfections in the most finish- 
ed productions of men, only more plainly in- 
dicate the regularity and perfection of these 
minute creatures. 

How inconceivably fine and delicate the 
threads of a spider! It has been calculated 
that "thirty six thousand Avould not more 
than make the thickness of a thread of com- 
mon sewing silk." Each of the six papillne, 
out of which the spider draws that glutinous 
liquid, with which it forms its web, is com- 
posed of a thousand invisible pores, through 
which so many threads pass, so that each 
visible thread of the spider is composed of 
six thousand smaller ones." 

Great as these wonders may appear, they 
are far short of those we should discover, 
were it possible to obtain glasses of greater 
magnifying power; and even then we could 
never reach the limits of creation, though 
our microscopes should magnify objects many 
millions of times more than they now do. 
The more we contemplate the works of God, 
the more Avill the proofs of his poAver be 
multiplied. We are confounded by the tAvo 
extremes of nature, the great and small, 
and Ave scarcely know whether to admire the 
Creator most in the immense spheres which 
revolve in the heavens, or in those minute 
productions AA'hich are almost imperceptible 
to our eyes. 

Let us, then, henceforth regard the contem- 
plation of the works of God as our most de- 

lightful employment. The trouble that we 
take in investigating them will be amply 
compensated by the jmre and innocent pleas- 
ure, which they will procure us. 

We shall have an ardent desire awakened 
in our minds to arrive at those blessed regions 
where we shall require neither microscope, 
nor telescope to discover and to become ac- 
quainted Avith the wonders of God; Avhere all 
his works will be presented to the eye in un- 
veiled beauty, and where Ave shall distinguish 
in each object its relations, structure, and 
destination; where hymns of praise will be 
chanted by immortal spirits, in elaboration of 
the Creator of the universe, and where all 
distinctions between great and small will 
be lost in one grand whole, that Avili fill 
our souls Avith joy, love and admii-ation. 

Lorainc, Adams Co., 111. 



When Ave use the Avord missionarj-, Ave 
mean all that is implied in sending out 
ministers to preach tbe gospel, and to estab- 
lish churches in places more or less remote. 
Some of our Brethren object to the A\-ord, as 
well as to the work, because it is not a gospel 
term, forgetting that Christ Avas the first 
missionary — one sent to preach, and that 
he sent his apostles and disciples to preach 
first to the JeAvs, then to all nations. Let 
the Avordbe Avhat it may, the highest authority 
says to the ministry, "Go ye into all the 
Avorld and loreach the gospel to every creat- 

NoAv Avhile the church ever has, and ever 
will maintain the principle and practice of a 
free gospel ministry, it ahvays has been a 
principle among the Brethren to aid the 
minister as the nature of the case seemed to 
require. It must be confessed, however, that 
a want of system left such aid as was given to 
drift into irregular channels, so that some- 
times the Avorthiest and neediest Avere left 
destitute, while, on the other hand, some Avere 
perverted and spoiled by an indiscriminate 

The Avork needed direction and control. 
Faithful Brethren, sou ad in the faith, were 
needed in the field, and the aid furnished by 
benevolent liands should be properly appli- 
ed. This the Annual Meeting aims to do in 
Avhat is called, "The Church Erection and 
Missionary Work." It is not the iDurpose of 
Annual Meeting to introduce a new principle 
into the church, Imt to reduce to system what 
has ever been regarded as a practice among 
us. Did not the Savior forbid the disciples 
to take purse, or scrip Avith them, and does it 
not mean that their necessities Avere to be 
met? Does not Paul ask, "Who goeth a Avar- 
fare at his own charges?" And shall not 
those charges be met? Answer this ques- 
tion in the negative, and you strike a blow at 
the great principle of equality in bearing one 
another's burdens. Give the matter of charg- 
es an unbridled scope, and you lay the founda- 
tion of a system at variance with a free gos- 



Feb, 8, 1887. 

pel. Gxiard carefully the Avork and expendi- 
tures, and we have safety, uniformity, co-oper- 
ation, and the practice of the ch\irch. and tlie 
principle of the gospel harmonized in this 
great work of evangelizing the Avorld. 

AATiile it is the purpose of Annual Meet- 
ing to encourage and direct the work, it is 
not her province to enforce what the gospel 
has made purely voluntary. The principle 
of giving is a heart work and operates through 
the highest motives of the will. The benevo- 
lence of our people must be drawn out, not 
by force, not by reproaches, not by scolding; 
but by infusing a sentiment that will reach 
the springs of our better nature. This is best 
attained by om- Brethren getting confidence 
in the work, and a corresponding interest 
and support, free, lieart-felt and overflowing, 
will follow. 

Let it be known that the Brethren, who are 
sent to preach the gospel, are true exponents 
of the faith, practice, and government of the 
chai'ch, and that all engaged in the work are 
faithful, self-sacrificing and devoted, and 
above all, that our general council gives it a 
carefiil, fatherly supervision. Then, who with 
faith in the Bretlu-en, and in the church in 
whole or in part, can witlihold his heart and 
his hand fi-om this work"? The time for 
talk is past, and the time for vigorous, earnest 
action has come. Christ on the moiint of 
ascension said. "Go." It is not left for us to 
Sfnj, Go. but to rjo. I repeat, let those of us 
who feel to go, go, and our examj^le will lead 
others into the field. Let those of us who 
feel to give, give, and our example will lead 
others to give. I never knew much good to 
grow out of much ordering and fault-finding. 
Let us move to the front, and our "go" will 
be changed into "come. " 

Our home churches, then, standing as a 
unit, in the work, will be the means, by God's 
Ijlessing, of planting churches in other coun- 
tries, which, in turn, may T)ecome the means 
of spreading the truth to still more distant 
land-s; and Annual Meeting, in directing the 
work, holds in control the ministry, the plant- 
ing and organization of churches, so that all 
may be alike in faith and practice. This is 
certainly safe, and in harmony Avith the gos- 
pel and the usages of the church — safe es- 
pecially in an age in which everything has a 
tendencj- to fly off on a tangent, and taiie a 
course of its own. 


BY I;, r. .Mr,OM.VAV. 

It is a fact admitted, tiiat wheji man Avas 
created, he had liberty and poAver to do 
what was pleasing in the sight of (}(A. This 
is a clear proj)osition, for God created him 
Avithan intelligent mind, and, addressing him- 
self to him in intelligent language, told hiin 
what to do, and what he must not do, and the 
consequence of obeying or disobeying his 
will Gen. 2:15— 17. 

And the deA-il, in the form of a serpent, 
also addressing himself to the intelligence of 
Adam and Eve, insidiously irajjosed upon 
them, tempting their pas.sions, indxiced them 

to violate God's command, and incur his dis- 
pleasure, and bring upon themselves the 
dreadful penalty. Gen. 3: 1-6, in which 
it is ((sscrfed that they lost the ability of 
will to do any spiritual good. To this I 
file an objection, which I propose to maintain 
by the future history of man, and analysis 
of the nature of the death penalty inflicted 
upon him. It is said, "Ye shall siirely die," 
and they did "surely die?" Physically 
they became mortal, and, driven from the 
garden, separated from God, and exposed to 
eternal banishment from his presence, and 
from the glory of his poAver. 2 Thess. 1 : 9. 

This Ave may call a spiritual death, moral- 
ly depraA-ed, doomed to the labors, the priva- 
tions and afflictions of a sin-cursed Avorld. 
All this, but the faculties of the soul, think- 
ing, willing and acting were preserved all the 
same, as is clearly apparent in all God's 
dealings Avith his intelligent creatures be- 
ginning Avith Cain. God said unto him, "If 
thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted, 
and if thou doest not Avell, sin lieth at the 
door, and unto thee shall be his desire, and 
thou shalt rule over him." Gen. 4:7. "I 
have set before thee this day life and good, 
and death and evil. I call heaven and earth 
to record this day against you, that I have 
set before you life and death, blessing and 
cursing; therefore choose life, that both 
thou and thy seed may live." Dent. 30: 15 
and 19. 

Of this kind Ave liaA^e A'ery much in the 
book of God, of Avhich Ave ' give references to 
a few. See Josh. 1: 5-9; 24: 14-16; Isa. 
55 1-3; Matt. 11:28-29, closing with Eev. 
3: 20, "Behold I stand at the door and knock: 
if any man hear my A^oice, and open the 
door, I Avill come in to him, and Avill sup Avith 
him, and he Avitli me." 

But Ave are told "that man has no Avill to 
that which is good, until divine grace en- 
lightens the unde]'standing and changes the 
heart." So be it, but hoAv is this accomplish- 
ed? We ansAver by nature and revelation, 
through which the spirit of God operates, 
addressing itself to the intelligent mind. All 
is directly or indirectly from God, beginning 
with the endoAvment of an intelligent mind, 
through Avhich he impresses him, and creates 
him aneAv. In this we see the difference 
between man and the lower orders of ani- 
mate nature, Avhich are governed in their 
actions by Avhat Ave call instinct, destitute of 
reasoning poAvers, and may be properly term- 
ed necessary agents, controled by some in- 
vincible, foreign agency. 

If it be so that man is not a free, moral, 
but a necessary agent, Avhere is the difference 
between the one and the other? Echo an- 
swers Avhere? But man Avas created in the 
image of God, to Avhom he imparted of his 
divine nature. And t))r)ugh, like the jirodigal, 
Ave have left the Father's Louse, he by his Son 
invites us to come home, and enjoy the glori- 
ous feast Avhich he has provided. Why then 
do tliey not come? Simply because "they 
Avill not." "Search the Scriptures for in them 
ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they 
Avhich testify of me." "And ye will not come 
unto me that ye might have life." Come now. 

"For now is the accepted time, noAv is the 
dav of salvation." 



Ii\NOVATioNS Avill come. Changes Avill be 
made from the old to the neAV, from no 
system to some system; sometimes by unan- 
imous consent of an entire church, as Avas 
some time since evinced by tlie passage of 
the f olloAving in this part of the Avork-house : 

"'We hereby agree to pay the sum specified, 
on the first day of each November for five 
years, for the purpose of purchasing a minis- 
ters' library, to be owned by Macoupin Creek 
church, Montgomery Co., 111. 

"Books to be purchased and controled by 
the ministers of said church. All books to 
be free for the use of any member of Macoup- 
in Creek church, under such regulations as 
the ministers may adopt. This agreement to 
expire in five years from Noa\ 1st, 1886, or 
when membership in Macoupin Creek church 

The above having met the unanimous ap- 
probation of the church, a subscription Avas 
accordingly circulated, and fifty cents to five 
dollars per year, for five years was subscribed. 
On NoA'. 1st, 1886, the first payment Avas col- 
lected, and soon af terAvard the amount collect- 
ed was invested in such books as the folloAv- 
ing: For the use of children and young 
people, "First Steps for Little Feet," "Story 
of the Gospel," "Story of the Bible," "Europe 
and Bible Lands." For the use of the minis- 
ters and older j^ersons such as, "The Bible 
Commentary," "Philosophy 6f the Plan of 
Salvation," "The Doctrine of the Holy 
Spirit," "Preaching, Manner and Matter," 
"Smith's Old Testament History," "Trine 
Immersion," "First Three Christian Cent- 
uries," etc. 

The oliject of this move is, first, to place in 
reach of tlie ministers of the church, such 
books as Avill be a help to them in the Avork of 
the ministry. Second, to develop and direct 
a taste, for reading substantial and useful 
books, in all, both young and old. A limit of 
five years Avas assigned the subscription, not 
Avitli the expectation that it Avill stop there, 
but that it may there start aneAV, on a perpetu- 
al mission. 

Some preachers are poor preachers, be- 
cause they are not able to buy the books they 
need as helps, to become eflicient Avorkers, 
and because it requires about all their time 
and energy to make a living for themseh'es 
and family. The above church believes in 
giving the ministers some kind of a chance to 
become useful, by lielpingtliem in that direc- 



I AYAH in the habit of using tobacco for 
more than thirty-three years, and for the 

Feb. 8, 1887. 



last ten years I was much troubled with sick 
headache, and my af)petite failed. I had often 
said to myself "I will quit the use of tobacco," 
but did not do so until some time ago. 

I was appointed janitor of our meeting- 
house, and when I saw the filthiness of to- 
bacco in the back part of the house, and some 
even farther forward among the Brethren's 
seats, I was so disgusted with it, that I quit 
at once. And now it is disgusting to me 
when I even see a person spit tobacco. I 
thought if any one who used tobacco found 
it difficult to give it up, it would be well for 
him to act as janitor of a meeting-house a 

Since I quit tobacco, my headache has 
nearly left me, and my appetite is all right. 
I believe no brother should sell any tobacco, 
as selling is a temptation to others to use it. 



In a recent letter, addressed to one of our 
ministers by a preacher of another denomina- 
tion, our Brethren are charged Avith the mis- 
demeanor of "entering his fold, and enticing 
some of his flock away." Well, really! May 
we offer our troubled friend a word of ex- 
planation and advice? You see, instead of 
offering your flock the "sincere milk of the 
word," you first skim it and drink the cream, 
then you dilute the remainder with creeds, 
disciplines, confessions of faith, until hardly 
any of the original element remains, and then 
you flavor it with worldly vanities, fashiona- 
ble amusements, etc., until your sheep are 
well-nigh famished, and if a few occasionally 
find out the deception, and leave for Avaters 
fresh, and pastures green, and milk that is 
pure, which we offer without money or price, 
why, don't complain. 

Dr. Talmage is evidently determined not 
to lose his grip on the popular heart. Some- 
time ago he undertook to expound the gospel 
of the modern dance, and it was just awful 
the way he hurled apocalyptic thunders at 
the "round dance," "the public dance," "the 
lascivious dance," etc. But, says this i^rince 
of trimmers to his applauding audience of 
5000 Christians, "You shall not betray me 
into a condemnation of the social dance in 
the private parlors of my Christian Breth- 
ren." Was not that "glad tidings of great 
joy" to the SAveet girls and goodly boys of 
the tabernacle, and did not Satan lick his 
plutonian lips as the precious morsel touched 

Recently the same high authority has 
placed the sanction and endorsement of the 
gospel on the present styles of ladies' dress, 
in the folloAving fulsome praise and high 
encomiums. "In no age have ladies dressed 
more sensibly than in this." ( Quotation not 
verbatim). How about the Apostolic age, 
doctor ? Let us have, as a companion picture, 
a portrait of an assembly of ancient Christian 
women, drawn from the vivid imagination of 
the famous Avord-painter, in the light of 
St. Paul's epistle to Timothy, and St. Peter's 
epistles. St. Paul and St. Talmage ^vill have 

serious Avork reconciling differences before 

there is perfect harmony in Heaven if, 

I recently saAV a lady from the doctor's own 
city, the Christian city of NeAv York, Avho 
Avore Avliat Avas probably designed for a hat, 
or a bonnet or something else, on that mem- 
ber of the body which is supjDosed to contain 
the brain, and on that mysterious thing, there 
Avere four or five full-feathered, unmutilated 
dead English sparroAvs cozily nestled. Hoav 
sensible! Again, doctor, there is not one con- 
gregation of your Christian ladies in all 
Christendom, which, in the profuse array of 
dead birds, birds' wings, birds' tails, l)old 
chanticleer's gorgeous nether appendage in 
conspicuous display, birds' feathers in blue, 
iu red, in green, in Avhite, birds from the 
tropics, etc., and of barbaric ornaments in gold 
and precious stones, mutilated ears, mutilated 
Avaists, mutilated feet, bustles like Tennyson's 
description of "the charge of the Light 
Brigade" at Balaclava, barnacles suggestive 
of the most disgusting and hideous malfor- 
mation of the form divine, robes trimmed 
and shaped, and puckered, and looped in all 
manner of frail, foolish, frivolous, fantastic 
forms, bare arms, bare neck, bare shouldei-s, 
a la decolleffe, exposing the masculine spec- 
tators to temptations that have destroyed its 
thousands, since the days of David. I say, 
doctor, a congregation of such ladies, is more 
suggestive of a croAvd of half -civilized Span- 
ish Senoritas at a holiday bull-fight, or the 
throng of Roman dames and damsels at the 
sliOAvs AA^here the early Christians were fed to 
the lions to make a Roman lioliday, than of an 
assembly of ijious women whose modest draj)- 
ery was fashioned after the instructions of 
the inspired apostles. Yoii see, the doctor's 
idea of what constitutes "sensible attire," and 
mine, differs somewhat. 

His sermons on the "broken pieces of the 
ship," recently delivered, out-liberalizes all 
that is liberal, and if all he says in it is so, 
one verse of the NeAv Testament would suffice 
to take us all to Heaven, and a sight of 
trouble and perplexity that used to Avorry 
the old-fashioned believer, Avould be saved. 
I suggest a feAv points of difference betAveen 
the doctor, and the humble Nazarene. 

The latter says, "Man liveth not by bread 
alone, but by every Avord that proceedeth out 
of the mouth of God." The doctor says only 
one Avord, "Believe." The Nazarene says, 
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved." The doctor says, "Come in Avithout 
it." The Spirit says, "Blessed are they that 
do his commandments." The doctor says, 
"Blessed are they that only do one." The 
Spirit says, "Works and faith." The doctor 
says, "Faith alone." The most convincing 
argument the "Eminent Divine" possesses 
is, the majority is on his side, and no mis- 
take, and Avhen the final issue is joined and a 
division is called, the great crowd Avill be 
Avith him. If this famous time-server Avill 
read 2 Tim. 4: 3, -1, he Avill find something 
of special importance bearing on his com- 
promising attitude toAvard the disobedient 
and unbelieving. 

The "Evangelical Alliance" has adopted a 
platform of principles, and among them con- 

spicuously appears the folloAving startling 
proi^ositiou : "Sah'ation is attainable by faith 

All the self-styled Evangelical denomina- 
tions have subscribed to it, and noAv we have 
the paradoxical spectacle of about nineteen- 
tAventieths or forty-nine-fiftieths of professors 
of Christianity in solemn compact, and in 
battle array against a most clearly-stated and 
abundantly-confirmed principle of the plan of 
salvation, endorsed by the most undoubted 
authority. St. James most explicitly states 
that "Faith alone, without Avorks is dead," 
and again, that "by Avorks a man is justified, 
and not by faith only." If these Avords have 
any significance at all, this Alliance is x)reach- 
ing a dead faith, and they dare not deny it. 

Brethren, strike this cobra Avherever it 
raises its hydra head. If God gives me grace 
I shall inveigh against it from the house-tojjs 
of every occasion, and the highway of every 
opi^ortunity. There are stirring times ahead 
for the Avatchmen, Avho, unlike the prophet's 
dogs, dare to bark, and avIio "abate not a 
Avord" of the testimony, and Avho "do not shun 
to declare the Avhole council of God," and 
Avho Avill clear their skirts of the blood of all 



Character is Avhat the man is. Reputa- 
tion is Avhat the man is supjDosed to be. — 
Character is the man's real self. Reputation 
is the popular opinion of man's real self. 
Popular opinion is the aggregate of individ- 
ual opinions. Individual opinions are based 
on individual judgments. Individual judg- 
ments of character are inevitably influenced 
both by the characteristics of the individual 
judging, and by his mental attitude toAvard 
the one judged. Hence eA^ery character is 
judged very differently by dift'erent persons, 
even Avhen the same basis of fact is recogniz- 
ed by all alike. In other Avords, character is 
judged, and so reputation is affected, accord- 
ing to the s]:)irit and the disposition of indi- 
vidual observers avIio form and express their 
i;)ersonal judgment in the premises. 

Happiness is not dependent on Avliat one 
has, but on one's estimate of AA^hat he has. "I 
look at Avhat I have not, and think myself un- 
happy," says a wise thinker; "others look at 
Avhat I have, and think me happy." Happi- 
ness is more likely to be found in the heart 
of one whom the Avorld deems sorely tried, 
than in the heart of one Avho seems faA'ored 
above others! Happiness comes of a grate- 
ful trust in God, Avho has ordered loA'ingly 
and Avisely all the lot of the trusting one. 
Unhappiness comes of a desire to haA'e one's 
OAvn Avay and gratify one's OAvn longings, 
rather than to leave the issue Avith God. Ea-- 
en God himself cannot giA'e happiness to one 
Avho is unwilling to leave his case with God. 
He Avho restf ully leaves his case with God, is 
thereby shut out from the possibility of un- 

Doubt as to future judgment and retribu- 
tion dulls the edge of truth. 



Feb. 8, 1887. 


r-v .M. M. E. 

Paper Two. 

•■Moicox er. thou ^on of iiKiii, u\ke thee one slick, and 
urite upon it. For Jiidah, and for the children of Israel 
h,i* comp.nnii\p.>: then take another stick, and write up- 
on it. For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all tiie 
house of Isntcl his companions: and join them one to 
another into one stick: and thev shall become one in 
thine hand." — E;-;ek. 37: 16. 17. B. C. 5S7. 

Ix the year B. C. 975, tlie tribes of Eeu- 
beu, Simeon, Dau. Xapbtali, Gad, Asher, Is- 
sacliar, Zebulou. Eplaraim auJ Man;i>^s:ib, 
eacli a halt tribe, b\it from this on recogniz- 
ed as full tribes, were gathered under the 
rule of Jereboam, who made Shechem his 
chief seat of government, but later Samai-ia 
became the capital of Israel. 

Isrc.el means; 1, a prince of God, or one 
who wrestles with God; 2, sometimes the 
twelve tribes; 3. often in prophecj' the ten 
tribes that were scattered abroad B. C. 725. 

Judah and Levi and Benjamin remained 
as worshipers at Jerusalem, and had Eehobo- 
am as their king. The tribe of Benjamin 
was loaned to Judah for David's sake, and 
that God might have "a light"' before him in 
Jerusalem. 1 Kings 11 : 36. 

Jvdali means; 1, the fourth son of Jacob; 
2, the name of his descendants; 3, part of the 
coxmtiy of Canaan; 4, the Jews. 

From the time of the separation until this 
day, wherever mentioned in the Scriptures 
as a separate peoples, they are known as "the 
house of Israel" and "the house of Judah." 

The SamarUaiis were neither Jews nor Is- 
raelites in the true sense. They were manu- 
factured Israelites, and were made as fol- 

■•.Vnd the king of As>yria brought men from Baby- 
lon, and from Cuthah. and from Ava, and from llam- 
alh, and from .Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cit- 
ies of Samaria instead of the cliildren of I>rael: and 
thcv possessed Samaria, and dwelf in the cities there- 
of." — z King^ 17-24. 

These mixed people and the Jews would 
have no dealings. John 4: 9. 

Bcitjomin. To secure a good understand- 
ing of the Old or the Xew Testament, one 
must study the jjeculiar work and character 
of Benjamin. He "shall raven as a wolf," 
said Jacob. God knew that Judah Avould 
v.ash "his clothes in the blood of grapes," 
and that Levi would be "an instrument of 
cruelty," therefore jjreser\'ed Benjamin to 
rp-ceive his Son, our Savior. The greater por- 
tion of Christ's disciples were of this tribe, 
even Saul of Tarsus. Philipp. 3: o. Judah's 
chief men and Levi's jjriests cruelly killed 
Jesus, and thus were fulfilled Jacob's predic- 

The following Scrijjtures are given as 
l^roofs of the distinctions between the house 
of Judah and the house of Israel: 

/ "Judah and Israel v.ere many, as the sand which is 

by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and mak- 
ing meiTV." — I Kings 4: 20. 

••And the Lord said, I v.\\\ remove Judah also out of 
my sight, as I h.ave removed Israel, and will cast off 
this city Je/usalem v.hich I have chosen, and the house 
of whjch I said, My name shall be there." — 2 Kings 23: 

A score or more of passages might be giv- 
en yet, but we allude only to a few more: 1 
Clii-on. 28: -4, 5; 2 Chrou. 13: 15, 16; Jer. 3: 
8. 11, 18. Others relating to their dispersion 
and their gathering will be given further on. 

From B. C. 975 to B. C. 725, or in a period 
of 250 years, the house of Israel had nine- 
teen kings, some of whom obej'ed God, and 
others departed from him, until the measure 
of their iniquity was full, when God permit- 
ted the Medes, under Tiglath-pileser, Shal- 
maneser, and Sargon, to carry them into cap- 
tivity, and the people who were brought into 
the country in their stead became very wick- 
ed; then the king of Assyria commanded 
that one of the priests of Israel be return.ed to 
teach the people "the manner of the God of 
the land." 2 Kings 17: 27. 

The house of Judah, or the Jews, was tak- 
en into captivity B. C. 588, by the king of 
Babylon. AVe have seen that the ten tribes, 
or Israel, went into captivity to Assyria B. 
0. 725. Aboiit 140 years later, Judah was 
taken captive. During this time the Assyr- 
ian empire had gone down, and the Babylon- 
ion realm had arisen in its glory. The Is- 
raelites were taken to Nineveh and located 
along the river Gozan. 1 Chron. 5: 26. The 
Jews were taken to Babylon, and remained 
there seventy years, or until about B. 0. 520, 
when they returned to Jerusalem under Nelie- 
miah. Here the Jews remained until A. D. 
70, Avheu they were dispersed among all na- 
tions at the destruction of Jerusalem by the 
Romans, under General Titiis. 

The ten tribes, as already noted, were 
IDlanted on the river Gozen, and in the cities 
of the Medes on the south-west of the Cas- 
pian sea. It is the oi^inion of not a feAv 
learned men that they have become extinct; 
by others believed that the people of Afghan- 
istan are their descendants, whilst others re- 
gard the North American Indians as the oif- 
spring of Israel. All of these views and be- 
liefs are mere conjectures, and directly op- 
iwsed by overwhelming testimony in the Bi- 
ble. God has promised Israel great things, 
and to bring them again with Judah and 
unite them in one, as demonstrated by Eze- 
kiel with two sticks. He has promised to 
uniie them. He has not yet done it, there- 
fore the event is future. 

Once upon the banks of the Gozan, and 
Israel is shrouded in silence so far as histo- 
ry is concerned, until the time should come 
that the end draweth nigh, and the light of 
in'ojjhecy should point them out. This' was 
a part of the divine x>lan. They were to be 
"scattered among all nations," and "be sifted 
as wheat, yet not a kernel should fall to the 
gi'ound." Amos 9: 9. "Isi'ael shall remain 
many days without a king, and without a 
prince, and without a sacrifice" (Hosea 3: 4), 
yet in the fullness of time, "the house of Is- 
rael is to be Ijrought up out of their graves, 
and they .shall be broixght inio their own land 
again." Ezek. 37: 1-14. 

Doubtless the question will be asked, "Why 
have the truths of the ten tribes of Israel 
been so long unknown? Why have they not 
long ago been identified?" The only answer 
that I can give is, that the prophecies con- 

cerning their identity — their rising and com- 
ing forth, preparatory to their return to the 
promised land, have long ago been uttered 
by the mouths of the men of God; but, like 
the predictions concerning the advent of the 
Messiah, they are not understood by the 
"wise" and "the learned," but the "babes" do 
receive and apprehend them. Men have 
read the prophetic utterances and understood 
all of them as addressed to the Jews. They 
read that the Jews Avere to receive all the 
curses and all the blessings. This was ow- 
ing, probably, to their overlooking the 
separations, the two captivities, and there- 
fore the two lines of predictions and the two 
returns. They failed to see that the house 
of Judah, or the Jews, and the house of Is- 
rael, or the ten tribes, each have promises 
peculiar to themselves. We shall next try 
to find the stick of Ephraim, or the lost ten 
tribes, and in so doing shall use the prophe- 
cies that relate to their identification, viz. : 
those referring to their language, their 
wealth, their power, their dwelling places, 
their increase, etc. In the meantime the 
reader should carefully study Ezek. 36, 37, 
38, 39, 40, and every prediction concerning 
Israel's restoration. "Let your soul delight 
itself in fatness." 

IF^rom. tixe ^^ielca.. 

From Solomon's Creek Church, Ind. 

Bro. Isai.vh Eairigh, of Woodland, Mich., 
came to us Nov. 2, and remained until the 
16th. Our love-feast was held on the 5th; it 
truly was a feast of love, for love and joy was 
manifested among both saint and sinner. 
Ministering brethren from a distance were 
Isaiah Rairigh, of Michigan; George Shive- 
ly, of Etna Green ; Daniel Snell, of Sidney, 
and others. Bro. Rairigh officiated at the 
feast Those who do not like his preaching 
must stay at home, until they think they can 
receive the meek and humble Savior. Our 
brother Avorked hard for the upbuilding of 
Zion. Although there Avere no additions to 
the fold, Ave feel sure there was good seed 
soAvn. We hope the Avord preached Avill be 
as bread cast upon the water, to be gathered 
not many days hence. Oh, sinner, why don't 
you accept Christ, and live on the good terms 
of salvation? Candace E. Warstlee. 

New Paris, Ind. 

From Bear Creek Church, Ind. 

We have been enjoying a pleasant meet- 
ing at the Union Chapel, since^ Christmas ev- 
ening, conducted by Bro. Joseph F. Spitzer. 
The meetings closed Jan. 9, and they were 
of great interest Three were baptized, to 
rise to Avalk in newness of life. Many oth- 
ers Avere almost persuaded to turn from the 
error of their Avay. They said, like Felix of 
old, "Go thy Avay for this time, Avhen I have 
a convenient season I Avill call for thee." As 
Ave have no church of our own, we meet with 
some opposition. Bro. Spitzer preached on 
baptism Saturday night, but they did not 
like baptism, because they are dry-land 

Feb. 8, 1887. 



Christiaus. The meeting was liekl in a U> 
B. church. Bro. S. is a good speaker. He 
spent all his time preaching. May God bless 
and reward him for his labors of love for the 
good Master's cause! Michael Blochei{. 
Porfland, Ind. 

From Shideler, Ind. 

On New Year's evening the home minis- 
ters began a series of meetings in the Mas- 
sissinewa church, at the Union Grove meet- 
ing-house, and continued "one week, closing 
Sunday evening, Jan. 9. The immediate re- 
sults were, two souls made the good confes- 
sion, and were baptized, notwithstanding the 
thermometer was 25 degrees below zero. "O, 
for a faith that will not shrink!" May they 
prove faithful, and at last gain the crown of 
life. Others, we feel, were near the king- 
dom. Good interest was manifested during 
the meetings. We think this meeting, like 
many others, closed too soon, but, as the 
writer had other engagements to fill, and the 
necessary arrangemements to make at home 
before leaving, the meetings closed. I am 
now at Middle town, Henry Co., Ind., trying, 
in my weakness, to hold forth the Word of 
God. May Zion's borders be enlarged every- 
where, and many, in these last days, be born 


Geo. L. Studebakek. 

From Maple Grove Church, Ohio. 

We contemplated holding a series of meet- 
ings, and, by request of the members, v/e 
commenced the work, with the home minis- 
try, on Jan. 2, and continued through the 
first week evenings onlj'-. On the following- 
Sunday, Eld. Sam'l. SiDrankle, of Massillon, 
Ohio, came to our assistance, and continued 
until the evening of the 18th, expecting to 
stop. But when Ave gave an invitation, three 
souls gave their hearts to God, which requir- 
ed us to have another meeting the next day. 
We baptized three sisters, to walk in new- 
ness of life. May God bless the young con- 
verts, that they may be shining lights wher- 
ever they go. Others are counting the cost. 
Bro. Sprankle is a fearless and an uncondi- 
tional expounder of gospel principles, fear- 
ing not to preach the truth, the whole truth, 
and nothing but the truth. In handling his 
subjects, you were made to think he handled 
them v/ithout gloves, and yet, in his deliber- 
ations he endeared himself to all the peoj)le. 
The congregations became larger as the meet- 
ings progressed, until Sunday evening, Avhen 
our large meeting-house was crowded with 
attentive hearers. I never saw better order. 
Bro. S. has a peculiar way of holding the at- 
tention of all, without much preliminary 
talking, and the most fastidious could not 
take offense. Men who are as able and as 
sound in the faith as he is ought to be pro- 
vided for, and constantly kept in the mission 
field. Besides the additions, we were much 
built up and strengthened, believing that in 
the near future Ave will see more of the re- 
sults of this meeting. 

A "God bless you" went up from all those 
who love the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are 

made to say. Come again, Bro. Samuel, and 
feed the flock at Maple Grove with such 
health -giving food that we may grow faster 
and stronger, that we may become more and 
more endeared to each other. But the time 
has come that we must take the parting hand. 
The harvest is great, and there is but a mea- 
ger amount of laborers to do the mighty work 
of preparing the world for judgment. Our 
prayers go with you wherever you go. Be 
steadfast in the faith, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord, and so much the more 
as j'ou see the day approaching. The time 
has come when they Avill not endure sound 
doctrine, but Avill get for themselves teachers 
having itching ears, Avho tiirn away from the 
truth unto fables. But Avatch, and do the 
work of an evangelist; make full proof of the 
ministry as Paul did, then, Avhen your course 
is finished, and the faith is kept, the croAvn 
is sure, for God has promised it. 

Geokge Worst. 

An Afflicted Sister. 

Sister Elizabeth, Avife of Bro. C. F. Lin- 
genfelter, of Blair Co., Pa., has been afilicted 
for about tAA'o years. On Jan. 1, 1886, she 
noticed her sight failing, and it continued 
Avaning until Aug. 3, since Avhicli time her 
sight is entirely gone, AAdth no hope of ever 
returning. She is noAv confined to the bed 
most of the time. She has been a consistent 
member of the church for many years. Her 
Master's cause AA^as dear to her heart. She 
bravely and in a Christian spirit bears her 
affliction. She desires the prayers of the 
church in her behalf. She sends a kindly 
greeting to all the brethren and sisters, es- 
pecially to those of Southern Illinois, who 
sent messages to her by her brotlier, Michael 
Claar, on his return from his late mission 
there. Dear sister, 

"Soon jour trial will be over, 

And the conquest -will be won, 
Stormy clouds no more will hover, 

When you hear it said, 'Well done.'' 
Oh, how cheering is the vision, 

Bursting on your raptured sight, 
Eden's verdant fields elysian, 

In the land of sweet delight." 

JxH. A. Sell. 

McKee's Gap, Pa. 

In Memoiiam, 

Sister Elizabeth Needy, wife of our aged 
brother, Samuel Needy, much in the decline 
of life, died near Waynesboro. Pa., Jan. 8, 
aged eighty-one years, eleven months and 
twenty-tAvo days. Our departed sister Avas a 
member of the church nearly fifty-nine years, 
and was a consistent member. Never a 
charge Avas brought against her, never had 
any difficulty Avith any neighbors. She Avas 
not able to attend public worship for the last 
feAv years, on account of losing her hearing, 
the sight of one eye, and the other partially 
so. Her funeral Avas held at the home of her 
son-in-laAv, Bro. Lohr, who is married to the 
second daughter, Molly, both members of the 
church. She leaves a husband, three sons 
and three daughters, to mourn their loss. A 

large circle of relatives and friends Avere 
present to tender symi:)athies. Another good 
woman, Avife and mother is gone. The dis- 
course Avas delivered by H. C. Early, of Vir- 
ginia, and the home ministry. To all I Avould 
say. Imitate her example. Trust in the Lord ; 
he is good. Hope the dear children out of 
Christ and aAvay from the church Avill con- 
sider this matter well, and prepare to meet 
their dear mother in heaven, for whom they 
wept and sorroAved much. May the Lord give 
us grace to submit to his Avill, and yield our- 
selves to be his servants. .J. F. Oller. 

From Clear Creek Church, Ind. 

According to previous arrangements, Bro. 
0. F. Yount, of Ohio, commenced a series of 
meetings at our church-house. Although Ave 
had considerable opposition, as the saying is, 
Ave held our oAvn. There Avere four other 
meetings in progress in the immediate neigh- 
borhood, which lessened our congregations, 
but Ave are glad to say the interest increased 
until seven precious souls were receiA'ed into 
the fold. Our meeting lasted fifteen days. 
Our brother labored faithfully, and the 
preaching was Avell received. On Sunday, 
Jan. IG, sistei" Anglemyre, mother-in-law of 
Bro. Jesse Calvert, called for the elders for 
the purpose of being anointed. Our mother 
in Israel is much afliicted. 

Dorsey Hodgden. 

A Sad Accident. 

On Thursday eA'ening, -Jan. 13, our much 
esteemed brother, .James Gish, met with an 
accident which proved fatal. He had been 
to Logansport to lay in supplies for the sus- 
tenance of the family, and returned home 
about 4 o'clock. After leaving some things 
at the house, he and the hired man went to 
take care of the team. While watering the 
team, Bro. Gish remarked that the straw 
pile was unsafe for the cattle, and he Avent to 
it, Avhile the hired man took care of the team. 
Soon his attention Avas attracted by a noise, 
or the groaning of Bro. Gish. On going to 
him he found him lying prostrate on the 
ground. He picked him up and partially 
carried him to the house. A physician was 
summoned, and while he made an examina- 
tion the patient passed away. The exact 
cause of his death remains a mystery, but it 
is supposed, by some, that he maj^ haA'e fall- 
en on a small stake, that was driven into the 
ground, or Avas struck by the falling of a 
pole, Avliich he may have used in getting the 
straw doAvn. He faithfully discharged the 
duties of the office of deacon for about fifteen 
years. He leaves a loving companion and 
six children to moxxrn their loss. Funeral 
discourse by Eld. J. C. Murraj^, to a large 
and sympathizing concourse of people. 


Walion, liuL 

God sometimes washes the eyes of his 
children Avith tears in order that they may 
read aright his proA'idence and his cominand- 



Feb. 8, 1887. 

The Gospel Messenger. 

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Feb. 8. 1887. 

Bl;u. S. S. MuHLEK goes from AVaddam's 
Grove (.-burcb. 111., to Olatbe, Kau. 

Bko. O. p. Youxt, of Obio, is preacbing 
for tbe Bretbren of tbe AVbitebead cburcb, 
Locke. lud. 

Bp.o. J. M. MoHLEK recently closed a series 
of meetings at Covington, Obio, witb six ad- 
ditions tn tbe cbm-cb by baptism. 

Bi:o. Samuel Molsbee, of Tennessee, bas 
soiLie kind Avords for tbe Messexgee. We 
appreciate tbe kind words and good wisbes 
of onr Bretbren. 

Bro. AV. Mooi;e, of Greene, Iowa, recently 
ATsited tbe members li^-ing in Becker Co., 
Minn. Tbey are trying to live Eaitbfnl to 
tbe cause tbey bave espoused. 

Bko. a. T. Morrison, of Grand Piapids, 
Micb., says. "I do bope tbe bretbren will 
come to Grand Eapids and jn-eacb, so tbat 
tbe wbole trutb may be beard." 

A NOTE from Bro. H. W. Kriegbbaum, of 
Soutlj Bend, Ind., informs us tbat tbey are 
bolding an intere.sting series of meetings. 
Bro. Piaiiigb, of "Woodland, Mich., is preacb- 
iu" for tbern. 

The Bible bas been printed in two hun- 
dred and fifty difi'erent languages and dia- 
lects, and tbere are now more tban one hun- 
dred and fifty million copies of God's Word 
ill circulation. 

JjRo. TeuR-iTON Miller held a series of 
meetings for tbe Bretbren of tbe Tijjpecanoe 
cburcb. Ind.. closing Jan. 20. Two confessed 
Christ, and were bajjtized. So rei)oii:s Bi-o. 
Daniel PiotbenberKer. 

The standard of Christian giving should 
be made a matter of conscientious duty. It 
sbould Vje kept up until it becomes a regular 
babit. Spasmodic giving does not secure 
tbe best results. It often leaves the cause 
dependent uj;on charity, without means. 
Whatever you determine to give to tbe mis- 
sion work of the cburcb, be sure and give it 
regularly. Tbe Scripture is plain on this 
subject. It teaches tbat we are only stew- 
ards, and not proprietors. 

Bro. I. J. Eosenberger, at last report, was 
at Cerro Gordo, 111., in the midst of an inter- 
esting series of meetings. Six bad made tbe 
good confession of faith and others were se- 
riously considering tbe great question of sal- 

If Ave believe that God so loved the world 
tbat be gave bis only begotten son to 
save it. then Ave miist believe in missiona- 
ry work, for without missionary effort tbe 
world can never knoAV tbat Christ died to 
saA'e all men. 

Bro. David Ausherman informs us tbat 
tbe Bretbren of the LoAver MiddletoAvn Val- 
lej' cburcb, Md., beld a series of meetings in 
December. Bretbren D. Stoufi^er, D. Wolf, 
and E. Youiice Avere AA-ith them. Three Avere 
added by baptism. 

Sister M. A. Lewis, of May's Station, Ed- 
gar Co., IlL, says: "Tbere are but tbree mem- 
bers in this county, and our only preacher is 
the Gospel Messenger; Ave could not do 
Avitbout it. It comes to us every Aveek, laden 
witb good things, and is a feast to tbe soul." 

Bro. Landon AVest, Avriting from Moo- 
mawville, Montgomery Co., Ohio, under date 
of Jan. 26, says: "HaA^e a fine meeting at 
this place since tbe evening of Jan. 23. Tbe 
Messenger is a help in tbe meetings, for its 
readers ahvays take more interest than oth- 

"Time is so precious tbat the Lord gives 
but one minute to tbe Avbole human family 
at once. AA^e must use tbe minutes as tbey 
pass, or tbey are eternally lost. Inspiration 
says: 'There is a time to eA'ery purpose;' 'It 
is time to seek the Lord;' 'It is high time to 
awake;' 'The time is short;' 'The time is at 
band;' and soon 'Time no more.' " 

Bro. Jesse Calvert closed a series of 
meetings in tbe YelloAv Creek cburcb, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa., Jan. 31, Avith eighteen acces- 
sions by baptism and one reclaimed. Tbe 
meetings Avere very interesting and many 
others Avere almost persuaded to be Chris- 
tians. AVe glean from Bro. L. Holsinger, to 
Avbom Ave are indebted for a short report of 
tbe meeting. 

AVe find in tbe gospel something that 
makes it Avorthy of universal acceptation, and 
that is its poAver to save men and Avomen 
from their sins. Because of this the com- 
mand comes to us, "Go ye into all tbe Avorld 
and preacb the gospel to every creature." 
How can Ave believe these things and yet be 
opposed, or even indifferent to tbe missiona- 
ry cause of tbe cburcb? Is not tbe root of 
opjjosition to mission AA^ork to be found in a 
Avant of faith in tbe gospel ? Hoav can any 
one fully believe "tbat the gosi^el is tbe poAv- 
er of God unto salvation," and yet make no 
effort to send it to those Avho are Avitbout its 
life-giving i)OAver? Is it not clear tbat if Ave 
believed these things Ave Avould be found us- 
ing our efibrts to send out missionaries to 
preacb tbe go.spel? Let us remember, tbat 
faith Avitbout works is dead, and Avill profit 
us nothing. 

Bro. Hedrice, of Va., is bolding meetings 
at Lanark. Tbe attendance increased steadi- 
ly, until at this date, Feb. 2, tbe bouse Avill 
not hold all Avbo come. There is one appli- 
cant for baptism. AVe bope many more Avill 
turn to Christ before tbe meetings close. 

Longfelloav bad a strong love for bis 
home. To him it Avas tbe dearest spot on 
earth. His beautiful poem, beginning Avitb 
the following Avords, giA'es bis feelings on 
this subject: 

"Stay at homo, my heart, and rest. 
Home-keeping hearts are happiest. 

For those who wander, they know not where, 

Arc full of trouble, full of care, 
To stay'at home is best, 
To stay at home, my heart, and rest." 

President John Bascom, D. D., of the 
University of AVisconsin, teaches an impor- 
tant trutb in bis remark, that Avben any posi- 
tion of delicate trust is to be filled, "devotion 
to the tobacco babit proves detrimental to the 
prospects of a young man," even among em- 
ployers Avbo, themselves, make use of tbe 
Aveed. It loAvers, both directly and by asso- 
ciation, in very many minds, tbe sense of 
soundness and strength Avbich tbey Avisb to 
connect witb an employee Avbo is to be met 
constantly in important relations. — Neiv 
York Tribiuir. 

A friend Avbo takes and appreciates tbe 
Messenger sends us tbe folloAving: "I see 
your paper is 'set for tbe defense of the gos- 
pel,' and Avbile I do not view tbe Scriptures 
in all its teachings as you do, yet I greatly 
admire your paper. It contains many excel- 
lent essays, Avith miicb more good advice to 
those Avbo Avisb to Avalk uprightly. It is read 
Avith interest by me and my family. May 
you and your able contributors long live to 
defend tbe truths as tbey are found in Je- 
sus. Jesus, Avbile in tbe world, was meek 
and humble, and showed no disposition to 
fight, and this same spirit seems to be exhib- 
ited in the compositions of many of your con- 
tributors, which is a thing I love to see 
among Christians." 

The Centurij magazine for February con- 
tains an excellent portrait of Peter Cart- 
wright and bis Avife, tAvo persons prominent 
in the history of tbe Methodist cburcb in 
this country. Cartwright Avas tbe great pi- 
oneer preacher of tbat cburcb in the West, 
and bis name is a household word among the 
Methodists all over tbe country. Tbe por- 
traits reveal to us a man and Avoman some- 
what beyond middle age, Avith strongly mark- 
ed features. Tbe Avoman is as plainly cb'ess- 
ed as our i)lainest sisters, and wears tbe 
Avliite cap so common among the earlier 
Methodists. AVe Avonder boAv tbe old preach- 
er and bis Avife would feel if tbey could come 
back from tbeir graves and visit one of tbe 
fasbionable churches among the Methodists 
to-day. Surely bis si)irit Avould burn within 
bim as be would say, "Alas, you bave depart- 
ed far from tbe simplicity of tbe gospel of 
Jesus Christ, and from the teaching of good 
John Wesley." 

Feb. 8, 1887. 



The BretlirenatPeabody, Miu'i^^'ii Co., Kan., 
have just closed a very interesting series of 
meetings. Bro. Zollars Avas witli them. The 
Ijeople of God Avere encouraged, and sinners 
convicted. The meetings closed too soon. We 
glean from a letter sent us by sister Katie 

The meetings are still in progress at Sil- 
ver Creek. The extreme cold Aveather and 
snoAv-storuis have kept the attendance small- 
er than it otherAvise would have been, but the 
meetings have- been interesting. Bro. Mur- 
ray preached at Salem on Sunday morning, 
and in the College Chapel in the evening. 

Sister Maky N. Quintei;, Avriting from 
Oaks, Pa., under date of Jan. 28, says, "The 
meetings are about closing here. Bro. SavI- 
gert preached a little over a Aveek, and Bro. 
J. T. Myers continued the meetings. As a 
result, about fifty have made the good confes- 
sion and have found joy and comfort in be- 
lieving. I thought you might be glad to hear 
the good neAvs." Yes, dear sister, Ave are glad 
to hear that souls are turning to Clirist, and 
Ave knoAv that the great heart of our Brother- 
hood Avill rejoice A\dth God's people in the 
East, over the glorious Avork Avhich he has 
wrought. May the good Avork go on, until 
every congregation in our church shall have 
a season of rejoicing of its OAvn, over souls 
coming home to Jesus. 

"Humility is not all there is of Christ's 
religion, but it is a fundamental grace of the 
Christian character, as salvation can neither 
be obtained nor retained Avithout humility. 
Christ or self is the universal problem. You 
cannot have Christ until you abandon self, 
up to the line of your utmost light, and self- 
surrender to the fruit of humility. The SaA^- 
ior in his teaching, laid great stress on the 
cultivation of this grace, placing before his 
disciples, a little child as the best model, say- 
ing, "Whosoever shall humble himself as this 
little child, the same is greatest in the King- 
dom of Heaven." When the disciples Avere 
called from their fishing-nets to his service, 
their evident spirit and thought Avas, "AVe 
are going to be greatly distinguished by this 
Avonderful prophet." He saAv it, and rebuked 
their vain thought, saying, "He that Avould 
be greatest among you, let him be servant of 
all." "The child-spirit is teachable, free from 
guile, Avorldly ambition, and self, and is the 
type of greatness in the Kingdom." Great- 
ness in the Avorld's eye is the opposite of this 
self-satisfied, or self-sustained, pride of per- 
son, of Avealth, of position, of name, and an- 
cestry; this is the type of Avorldly strength, 
and the way to secure worldly consideration. 
"But," says Jesus, "if you avouII be great in 
the eyes of God; if you would enter and re- 
main in the. Kingdom and be exalted by him 
in due time, be loAvly in heart." But this is 
also true of anything you desire successfully 
to learn. Ask any great teacher or scientist, 
with Avliat temper it is best to begin success- 
ful study. He Avill tell you to "come as 
knoAving nothing; be honest enough to admit 
yoxTr own ignorance, and humble enough to 
seek and welcome instruction." 

Br.o. Michael Heckman, of HagerstoAvn, 
Md., sends us the folloAving good neAvs, "AVe 
closed a glorious series of meetings last night, 
Jan. 28; had eighteen sermons, by Bro. S. F. 
Sanger, of Bridgewater, Va. AVe had good 
Aveather, good attendance and intense inter- 
est. The church Avas strengthened by sin- 
ners Avaking up and coming to Christ. Five 
precious souls have been ba])tized, and more 
are counting the cost. O, that they may make 
a Avise choice!" 

The folloAving are the colors of the pre- 
cious stones the Avails of the NeAv Jerusalem 
Avere garnished Avith. From BeA'. 21: 19-20. 
Selected by Eld. Martin Neher, Monmouth, 
Kan.: 1, Jasper of various colors; 2, Sap- 
]Dliire of pure blue; o, Chalcedony, grayish 
color, clouded Avitli bhie, yelloAV and purple; 
•1, An emerald of green color; 5, Sardonyx of 
a reddish yelloAv color; 6, Sardius of a deep 
red or bloody color; 7, Chrysolite of a golden 
color; 8, Beryl of a blue and greenish color; 
9, Topaz of a gold color; 10, Chrysoprase of 
a greenish color mingled Avitli yelloAv; 11, Ja- 
cinth of a violet or purple color; 12, Amethyst 
of a violet blue. 

A Question Concerning Church Discipline. 

Brother ^^uintcr :— 

Will you, or some olht-T brother, please tell me 
how a brother should proeeed to settle a difficulty like 
the following, of five years' standing? The offended 
brother talked and tried to settle the difficulty with the 
offender at different times, but did not succeed. So he 
finally asked two of the deacons to go with him, but 
they both refused, saying that they had not time. He 
then asked the minister, and he refused. The aggriev- 
ed brother was the elder of the church. The difficulty 
was this: The offender ga\e the aggrieved brother a 
note payable in six months. The time of payment 
came, but the note was not paid. And the aggrieved 
brother kept asking the brother that owed him, from 
time to time, for the money, and he would promise 
faithfully to pay the note, but he did not. Finally the 
offending brother misconducted himself in some other 
way, and he was disowned by the church, and remain- 
ed out about eighteen months. He then made applica- 
tion to be recei\ed into the church again. The aggriev- 
ed brother would not give his consent to receive the 
disowned brother without some reconciliation was 
made concerning the note above named, whereupon 
he promised he would pay the note with the first money 
he received, and was then taken into the church again. 
Not long after this he went to town and bought quite 
a bill of winter goods, and paid the cash for them. He 
was again asked for the money se\-eral times, and prom- 
ised that he would pay it at such and such a time, but 
always failed. 

Finally the aggrieved brother fell asleep in the arms 
of his blessed Master, when his son, who Is also a 
brother in the church, and of good standing, became 
the administrator of his father's estate. The son now 
asked the brother, who gave the note, several times for 
the money. One time he asked him, and he said he 
would pay him as soon as he thrashed his w heat and 
sold it. He thrashed his wheat and sold it, but still did 
not pay. He asked him again, and now the offending 
brother promised to pay as soon as lie thrashed and 
sold his clover seed. He sold his clover seed, but yet 
did not pay. There was now a communion appointed 
in this district, and the aggrieved party told several of 
the deacons that he could not sit down and commune 
without trying to make reconciliation, and he asked 
two of the deacons to go with him to the offending 
brother, and they replied they could not go, as thev 
had not time. The aggrieved brother feeling discour- 
aged to think that deacons in the church would fail to 
lix-c up to the commands of our blessed Master (for hoAv 

can you take one or tT.\o -with you if they refuse to go.') 
asked the minister to go with him to try to get satisfac- 
tion from the offending brother, but the minister re- 
plied that he did not think it was his place to go, and he 
did not like to leave the tables of the Lord and serve 
Mammon. This happened in good time to make rec- 
onciliation before the communion. And the aggrieved 
brother could not commune because the deacons and 
minister refused to act in the case, and so the difficulty 
remains unsettled to-day. One of the deacons, after 
the communion, when he found what the feelings of 
the aggrieved brother were towards him, because he 
would make no effort to try to settle the difficulty, said 
he would go with him. Now we want to know imme- 
diately what wa}' to proceed to settle the difficulty, as 
the Bible does not tell us directly how to proceed when 
brethren who are called upon to accompany an aggriev- 
ed brother to settle a difficulty, will not go. Also tell 
us whether it is out of place for a minister to go when 
called upon, in such cases as the one above gi\en. 


Ouii reply to the above letter Avill be made 
upon the supposition tliat the case alluded 
to is as represented. If the case is different 
to Avhat is represented, our reply might re- 
quire some modification to suit it. 

AA^e very much regret the existence of such 
a state of things as exists in the church re- 
ferred to in the letter of inquiry. AVe shall 
give neither the name of the church, nor of 
the brother Avho sends the letter, though Ave 
have both. AA"e Avould much rather that there 
Avas no necessity for publishing such letters, 
but, hoping that it may be an admonition to 
other churches, Ave publish it, Avith some re- 
marks of o\ir OAvn ujion it. 

It is especially to be regretted that the 
elder referred to should die under the cir- 
cumstances Avliich he died under. It is true, 
if he bore his trouble Avith Christian meek- 
ness and patience, and exercised charity to- 
wards the brother that grieved him, the 
brother's failing would not interfere Avith the 
elder's acceptance with God. Nevertheless, 
the existence of such a difiiculty in the 
church and the elder being related to it as 
he Avas, must have given him some trouble, 
and probably made it more difiicult for him 
to maintain that calm and undisturbed state 
of mind that it is so very desirable every dy- 
ing belieA'er should possess. 

It appears that the elder labored under a 
wrong vieAv of the course that is to be pur- 
sued in such cases like his Avas. He seems 
to have thought that he must have the dea- 
cons or the minister to go Avith him in his 
attempt to get satisfaction from his brother. 
But those Ave take Avitli us on such occasions 
must not necessarily be of the official mem- 
bers. AVhen Ave receive members into tlie 
chureli, and explain Matt. 18, Ave do not tell 
the applicalits for baptism that if they have 
occasion to take any members Avith them to 
get satisfaction from an offending member, 
they must take official members. But Ave 
tell them to take such as they think Avill be 
most likely to afford them the desired help. 
The witnesses may be taken from among the 
official members, including the minister or 
ministers, or they may be taken from among 
the private members. 



Feb. 8, 1887. 

If tlie aggrieved elder ooiild have got uoue 
to go witli him, either from among the official 
or private members, then hi;; ohiirch would 
have been otit of order. And in that case it 
would have been proper for him to oall upon 
some of the adjoining elders toset his church 
in order. And if the deacons had no better 
excuse for declining to go with the elder 
than that given, they may have failed in do- 
ing theii- duty, and if they did. they should 
luake satisfaction to the chxircli. And if the 
minister had no good reason for declining to 
go, he was delinqxrent iu duty. But when 
the elder c-ould not get those to go witli him, 
that he first asked to go. he should have ask- 
ed others. And had he done so. it is most 
likely he could have found some who woiild 
have gone. But had he found none, then, as 
we above said, his church would have been 
<,'Ut of order, and he should have taken steps 
to get it into proper working order. And 
had he found some who were willing" to go 
A*-ith him. and had they not succeeded in get- 
ting the offending members to 'give satisfac- 
tion to the elder that was the aggrieved par- 
ty, then the elder should have called a church 
council, and obtained the assistance of some 
elder or elders, and have had the case tried 
by his church. 

And it apiDears that the son of the elder, 
who became the administrator of his father's 
estate, thought as his father before him had 
thought, that he must take official brethren 
with him to get satisfaction of the brother 
who still owed the note. If the matter Avould 
still be regarded in the light of a private of- 
fense, then the brother, who has the note to 
collect .should get one or tAvo members to go 
Avith him to the offending brother, and if the 
latter shoidd not give him satisfaction, then 
he shoidd report the case to the church, and 
the minister should call a council, and get an 
elder to assist in the council, and the church 
should trv- the case. If, however, the otf'end- 
etl brother could not get the church to act 
upon the case, he then should acquaint an 
adjoining elder with the fact that he could 
not get the church to act, and the elder 
should see that tlie church disjjoses of the 
c^se according to truth and justice. 

We, however, are inclined to think that the 
difficulty is no longer a private one, or con- 
fined to the two parties, the son of the elder 
and the brother who owes the note. When 
the offending brother was takea into the 
church, after he had been disowned, he was 
taken into it upon certain promises he made 
to pay the note. Xow, if he failed to keep 
his promises to the church, and failed to 
keep his Avord, his offense becomes a general 
one, and the church becomes a party in the 
case. And it should take the proper steps 
to try the offending brother. The minister 
should call a council and get an elder to as- 
sist, and the church should try the offending 
brother. And if the church will not act in 
the case, it is not in proper order, and the 

adjoining elders should be informed by the 
aggrieved brother, and the adjoining elders 
should endeavor, by wise and discreet action, 
to put the church in working order. 

But there is another point in the case that 
should not be overlooked. It appears that 
Avithin the time that the difficulty above-nam- 
ed existed, a communion Avas held, and 
that the aggrieved brother informed the dea- 
cons that he could not commune. Noav. it 
seems strange that a church should hold a 
communion Avith such a difficulty existing 
betAveen members, and make no eff'oi't to set- 
tle the difficulty. 

It is altogether likely that the church al- 
luded in the foregoing letter Avas not very 
well acquainted with the gospel order of set- 
tling difficulties as practiced by the Breth- 
ren, and failed in settling the difficulty that 
occurred in it for a Avant of knowledge, and 
not from a want of regard to the aggrieved 
party. And if the church A\'ould noAv come 
together in council, and have an elder pres- 
ent, and if all who have failed in Avorking 
for the i^eace and purity of the church, 
whether they be official or private members, 
would make an humble confession voluntari- 
ly, and then proceed and settle the difficulty 
named, this, probably, A\-ould be the best way 
to promote the peace, purity and prosperity 
of the chtirch. There seems to have been a 
considerable failure on the part of the church 
in obserAdng proper gospel discipline. And 
humiliation and godly sorrow would com- 
mend it both to God and men. r. <). 


"Wi-ite what tbou seest, and send it unto the churches." 

From Cherry Grove, 111. 

Fob the last week we have been enjoying 
a meeting that will long be remembered by 
us. Bro. Jacob Hedrick, of Midland, Va., is 
here Avith us, and our poor hearts Avere made 
to rejoice that Ave could meet again. These 
meetings are only foretastes of the great 
meeting in the upper and better kingdom. 
Bro. Hedrick goes from here to Lanark, Ar- 
nold's Grove, Milledgeville, Shannon, and 
Avill visit Mt. Morris and Pine Creek congre- 
gations before going east. May a large num- 
ber of young people join in Avith us! 

Jas. H. Larkins. 

undertaken. The church was greatly reviv- 
ed, and many serious impressions were made 
on those outside of the church. Some of 
them expressed a desire to be in the church, 
but they AA'ould Avait aAA-hile, to see if others 
Avould not come Avith them. May the Lord 
bless the Avork of our brother, that the seed 
soAvn may spring up and bring forth much 
fruit. A. B. ElSH. 

Good NeAvs from West Lebanon, Ind. 

From Mercer Church, Ohio. 

We closed an interesting series of meet- 
ings Jan. 7, Avhich Avere conducted by Bro. 
Jacob Heistand, of Cary, Ohio. He came to 
us Christmas Day, and preached tAventy-tAvo 
sermons. The interest Avas good, and the 
Word dealt out with poAver. He shunned 
not to declare all the Avords of this life. One 
dear young sister expressed her desire to 
ixnite AAath the church, and she Avas received 
by being baptized into that neAV and living 
way, Avhere, we trust, she will continue to 
be a light to the w^orld and the cause she has 

I HAVE just closed a series of meetings at 
West Lebanon. This church is under the 
charge of our dear brother, John W. Metz- 
ger, and has had her serious conflicts in days 
gone by, but she is struggling to keep the 
ship moving. The meetings were Avell at- 
tended, and the interest Avas good. The best 
of order prevailed. Four precious souls 
came out on the Lord's side; one Avas a dear 
old Methodist sister, aa'Iio had been a Meth- 
odist for many years. Others Avere almost 
persuaded to be Christians. The church 
Avas much built up in the most holy faith, 
and Ave all felt that we had a pi'ecious 
time of rejoicing. We felt loth to take the 
parting hand. Many tears'Avere shed by the 
dear ones Avhom Ave learned to love during 
our short stay. May the good Lord bless 
the dear brethren and sisters for their kind- 
ness to me, and their great zeal for the good 
cause, dtrring our stay. S. W. Ulleey. 

Camden, Inch 

Home Again. 

We are again permitted to enjoy the bless- 
ings of the home circle and home church, 
after an absence of nearly four and a half 
months, which time we spent among the 
cluirches in Kansas. We enjoyed many 
pleasant visits and seasons of AA'orship Avitli 
Brethren of like precious faith, and ov;r hearts 
go up in humble gratitude to God; especial- 
ly for his smiling j)rovidence over us on our 
journey, and safe return home. 

Since our last Avriting, in Miami Co., Kan.^ 
Ave visited the Vermillion District, in Mar- 
shall County. We held meetings a week at 
a neAV point. Bro. Springer and his wife are 
the only members at that place; they moved 
there about a year ago. The i^rospect for an 
ingathering there is good. We held several 
meetings at another point, but the cold Aveath- 
er greatly interfered with the attendance. 
Home seekers, with from $1000 to $2000 cap- 
ital, might do Avell to visit those Brethren 
seven miles north of Beattie, Marshall Co., 

After about two Aveeks' sojourn at this 
place, we took our leave for Morrill, Brown 
Co., Avhere we met Bro. D. Sell, of Missouri, 
holding meetings in the'Pony Creek church. 
Because of the cold Aveather, and other con- 
siderations, he thought best to defer the 
in'eacliing to some future time, and returned 
home. After the Aveather moderated, Ave had 
two apjoointments in the Morrill District, two 
in the Methodist chxtrch in Morrill, and one 
in Sabetha, Avhich closed our lalwrs in Kan- 

Fe^b. 8, 1887. 



The deniaud at home, and the cokl and in- 
convenience of traveling at that time, we 
trust, will be a sufficient apology to the many 
who desired us to visit them in their church- 
es and families. 

On our way from Miami County to Mar- 
shall, Ave visited one of the places ofPered to 
Bro. Hope, as a home, and which, we have 
since learned, he has decided to accept. Tlie 
land alluded to, lies seven miles north-east of 
Herrington, in Morris County. Everything 
considered, we think he made a good selection. 

Church matters at home are about as usual. 
There is nothing to complain of but some 
lukewarmness. Bro. S. S. Mohler, of Mis- 
souri, has just come, and we expect a gener- 
al warming up, and a shaking among the 
dry bones, before he leaves. It is our privi- 
lege, and through faith and prayer by the 
church, the Lord will bring it to pass. 

We are pleased with the gradual and mark- 
ed improvement in the G. M. ; also of the 
missionary spirit in the Brotherhood. We 
would call special attention to the editorial in 
G. M., No. 3, on the use of gold watches. Let 
us all try to profit by it! Enoch Eby. 

Lena, III. 

From Welty's Church, Md. 

Beo. Henky Early, of Virginia, has just 
concluded a series of meetings in the Antie- 
tam congregation; he commenced Jan. 8, 
preaching, in all, twelve sermons. He left us, 
to return to his home, amid many tears and 
well-wishes of love for the very earnest man- 
ner in which he labored for the good of souls 
while he was among us. 

Of the eight who were received by baptism, 
four were scholars in our Sunday-school; 
three others were gray-haired fathers, and 
one, a widoAved mother. Three applicants 
are aAvaiting baptism, and many others are 
seriously counting the cost. 

Bro. Early uses the Word of the Spirit 
l^owerfully, entreating all to faithfully obey 
the commands of God, as the only true means 
of salvation, and to press forward as gallant 
soldiers in th(i good cause, that in the end Ave 
may gain an inheritance into the heavenly Ca- 
naan. In one united voice Ave say, Come 
again, Bro. Early! J. Mitchell Stovee. 

Edgemoni, Mel, Jan. 18, 1887. 

From Beaver Lam Church, Ind. 

According to previous arrangements, we 
commenced meeting on the evening of Jan. 
15, brethren Neal and Leckrone doing the 
preaching until the 17th, when our dear 
brother, O. F. Yount, came to us. The meet- 
ings continued until the 24th, Avhen Ave clos- 
ed on account of bad weather. In this, as in 
many other cases, we must say that the meet- 
ings stopped too soon. There AA'ere no acces- 
sions, but the church was built up in the 
most holy faith, and we believe much good 
was done. Bro. Yount is a poAA^erf ul expound- 
er and a good reasoner, so that none can fail 
to understand. We hope and pray that the 
ilgood seed soAvn may be as bread cast on the 
bf^rters, that it may be gathered not many 

days hence. May all that have taken the 
yoke upon them let their light shine, that 
others may be constrained to glorify God! 
Samuel E. Bueket. 

From Garnett, Kan. 

The good Avork is still going on in this 
part of God's Adneyard. We held our quar- 
terly council Jan. 15. Had a pleasant meet- 
ing. Eld. Jesse Studebaker gave us a very 
earnest exhortation to aAvakeu to our Chris- 
tian duties, as there is great danger of be- 
coming lukeAvarm. This church has been 
rather in the background, until about tAvo 
years ago. Since then there seems to have 
been a change for the better. • Within the 
year 1886, sixteen were received by baptism, 
Avith three applicants, and a few by letter. 
There has been, and yet is, quite an aAvaken- 
ing in the Avestern part of this district, where 
the brethren's doctrine has not been preach- 
ed until recently. Bro. Yearout, of the Ver- 
digris church, has been holding some meet- 
ings there, and baptized eight. The Breth- 
ren are holding a series of meetings at pres- 
ent, Bro. Yearout being with \is; time not 
limited. He expects to continue as long as 
it seems profitable. Bro. Yearout should be 
kept in the field as much as his health per- 
mits. He is calculated to do a great Avork 
for the Lord, if his life should be spared. 
We hold meetings every two weeks at Mount 
Ida, and alternate Sundays at other points in 
the district. May Ave all be faithful unto the 
end, that we may not only be rewarded in 
this life, but also in the life to come, 

P. H. Watkins. 


Having had correspondence Avith the rail- 
road ofiicials, and Brethren fi'om Tennessee, 
I Avish to say to the members in Tennessee 
and Virginia, that cheap rates can be obtain- 
ed from points in Tennessee and Virginia, 
over the Eastern Tennessee & Virginia, Geor- 
gia & Ft. Scott and Gulf railroads, to the 
Annual Meeting, provided there Avill be a 
number Avanting to go. I wish to say to the 
members that if they Avill assure me that 
there Avill be a coach-load, or nearly so, 
Avho AA'ish to go, I Avill guarantee them fair 
rates, and good, long time. 

KoAv Avill be the proper time to think about 
it, that they may make up their minds in good 
season, and the necessary arrangements can 
be made. A better opportunity to visit Kan- 
sas may never be afforded. I hereby solicit 
correspondence with all who feel interested 
in the matter. J. B. Laie. 

Olaihe, Kan. 

From Beatrice, Neb. 

We rejoice that we can tell you that a 
has been secured in Avhich to "preac] 
gospel to the poor"' in Beatrice. We 
been laboring for this a long time. 
Sunday we held our first meeting, Avith 
congregation; to-day Ave held our second 
ing, with an increased attendance. A 


li the 



a fair 



good evidence of the fact that they desired 
meetings, Avas that each one had laid by some- 
thing on the fii-st day of the Aveek for the 
Lord. This being given for his cause, all our 
expenses for rent and incidentals Avere met. 

We knoAv that in the beginning of any good 
Avork the greatest sacrifice is required. From 
this Sunday on we shall haA'e a meeting ev- 
ery two Aveeks. Any brethren passing this 
Avay, and who love to help in the good work 
in cities, Avhere it requires much arduous la- 
bor and patience, Avill please stop and help 
us. Eemember us to God, as trying to gain a 
hold for him where wickedness abounds. 

Jan. 27, 1887. J. E. YoUNG. 

In Memoriam. 

Bro. David Keabill Avas born Nov. 3, 1806, 
in Osuaburg Township, Stark Co., O., and 
died Jan. 21, 1887, aged eighty years, tAvo 
months and eighteen days. 

He Avas joined in matrimony Avith Jemima 
Boden, April 12, 1832. They were permitted 
thus to live together nearly fifty-fiA^e years. 
He Avas the father of ten children — sis sons 
and four daughters; eight of them still live 
to mourn the loss of a kind father. 

He moA^ed from Stark Co., O., in the sinking 
of 1834, and settled in the north- Avestern cor- 
ner of Big Spring ToAvnship, Seneca Co., O. 
He Avas one of the pioneer fathers of this 
place. He united Avitli the church of the 
Brethren in early life, and was a consistent 
and exemplary member to the day of his 
death. He Avas ever ready to contribute lib- 
erally to the carrying on of the great work of 
the church. 

He was closely attached to his home, and 
Avas never out of his native State. Funeral 
services Avere conducted by the writer, in the 
presence of a large concourse of S3"mpathiz- 
ing friends and neighbors. Peace to his 


L. H. Dickey. 

From Rock Rim District, Elkhart Co., Ind. 

On the 24th of December, Bro. John V. 
Felthouse, our home minister, commenced a 
series of meetings in the Rock Bun District, 
knoAvn as the Grove church; he continued 
until the 6th of January. As a result of the 
meetings six were added to the church by 

On NcAv Year's evening Eld. A. H. Puter- 
baugh, from Oswego, Ind., commenced his 
second series of meetings for this Avinter in 
the Pleasant Hill church. He continued tAvo 
AA^eeks, day and night; he Avas called home on 
account of sickness in his family. In the aft- 
ernoons, Bro. Puterbaugh conducted prayer- 
meetings at the homes of the Brethren, The 
members AAere much built up by the meetings; 
brethren and sisters prayed in public AA-hom 
Ave never before heard pray. Nine were re- 
ceiA'ed into the church by baptism, and could 
our brother have remained another Aveek, Ave 
believe others would have united Avith the 
people of God. S. Burkett. 

As too loug retirement weakens the mind, 
so too much company dissipates it. 



Feb. 8, 1887. 

My Trip to Nebraska. 

Leit ililford .Juuotioii, IXh'. i', 188G. at 3 
A. M. : arrived in Chicago at 7 A. M. I wont 
to tlie Albaugh House. "iGS State St.. wliere I 
met Ekl. Joseph Auiiok. of Mt. Morris, 111. 
Bro. Auiiok is Business Manager of the Gos- 
I'F.L Messexgei;. and was looking after the 
interests of the paper. In the evening I had 
the pri^-ilege of talking with Bro. Aniiok. 
We ooncluded to go to the missionary. meet- 
ing, and while there I learned that the Chris- 
tian people of the oity are making great ef- 
forts to rescue the people ot the oity. and 
linve them accept Christ. 1 was made to 
wonder why it is we are doing .<o little to es- 
tablisli the diK-trine of the Bible, as under- 
stood by our Brethre]). The harvest truly is 
l)lenteous. There are more temptations in 
Chicago than many of otir people are aware 
of. I concluded to do all I can. I am afi'aid 
the missionary cause is too much neglected 
in the cities. 

At about 1 oclock I took the C. B. & Q. E. 
K. for Nebraska. Had a pleasant journey. 
This is the liest equipped railroad I ever 
traveled on. They do all they can to make 
the passengers comfortable. At (J P. M. I 
found myself on the platform at Holcb'idge, 
Phelps Co.. Xebr. This town is three years 
old. and has a population of about 2,000. It 
contains some good brick buildings. I re- 
mained in Holdi'idge and the surrounding 
country nearly a Aveek, when I started home- 
ward. I concluded to stop at Juniata, where 
Eld. David Bechtelheimer lives, but I was 
somewhat disappointed in not seeing him, as 
he was away j^reaching. I took the train for 
home on Monday morning, the 20th; at 7 A. 
M. I was again in Chicago, and at 7 P. M., I 
was at Milford -Junction, Iiid. 

J. ^^'. Gpjpe. 

From Hoytsville, Ohio. 

O.N the evening of Dec. 24, Bru. D. D. 
Thomas commenced a series of meetings in 
the Mellott school-house, and continued until 
Jan. 2. The attendance and order were good. 
Hope the good seed sown may take root, and 
grow, and bring forth much good fruit. He 
jjreached in all sixteeii sermons, and Avas not 
afraid to preach the truth in its plain teach- 
ings. He is young in the work of saving 
souls, but I trust he -will hold forth the word 
with such power that sinners will tremble 
under his preaching, and that he may bring 
many to repentance. S.\.bah J. PuiCE. 

From Richfield, Pa. 

We have just closed a very interesting se- 
ries of meetings. Bro Edmund Book, from 
Blaine, PeiTy Co., came here New Year's 
Day, and commenced meeting that evening: 
continued ten days, and preached fourteen 
sermons. I think some were almost persuad- 
ed, but, like Felix of old, put it off for a more 
convenient season. , We hope the good seed 
that has been soaaii will spring U2J and bring 
forth fruit in due season. Bro. Book gave 
us some r<^vy good instructions. He dicj not 

shun to declare the whole gospel, and preach- 
ed tlie word with power. We regret that he 
did }iot stay longer. Althoxigh there were 
no additions, we feel very much revived and 
built u]) in the Master's cause. The weather 
was tine during the meeting; we had large and 
attentive audiences. By request, Bro. Book 
preached two sermons at Goodville. He ex- 
pected to be at home only one night, then 
start for Amberson Valley, to hold meetings. 
Come again, brother. Brethren and sisters, 
pray for us. that we may hold out faithful to 
the end. Abpam Benner. 

From Milford. Ind. 

1 h.vve l)een to Flora, Carroll Co., Ind., to 
hold a meeting. This place is a little singu- 
lar, — has church-houses of the Old Order, 
Progressives and Conservatives. The Pro- 
gressives commenced a meeting at the same 
time we did, which divided our congregation, 
bitt Ave had good congTegations. We closed 
Avitli three additions. Flora is a place noted 
for its fountains, some of which are tloAA'ing 
continually. The Avater has some healing- 
properties in it. One lady Avho came there a 
"Avalking skeleton,"' used the Avater, and noAv 
she is enjoying good health. Some Avho are 
building, Avill dig a cellar on high ground, 
then ditch into some Ioav place. They bore 
into the cellar some twenty or thirty feet, 
and haA-e a fountain of running Avater. By 
placing a pump in the kitchen, Avater can be 
had for every convenience. They are noAv 
talking of boring for gas. May the Brethren 
at Flora be Avatchful and prayerful during 
their hours of trial! J. H. Miller. 

To the Brotherhood. 

I NOTICE in G. M. No. 3, Bro. D. C. Moo- 
maAv's report. I have nothing to say until 
it comes to the coldAva\'e, — "whether 'the cold 
AvaA'e hit the Orphans' Home in Indiana." I 
Avill say, for the benefit of the Brotherhood, 
that the A. P. H. & O. A. in the Southern 
District of Indiana is in a healthy and i^ros- 
perous condition. The farm contains 148.12 
acres, 100 acres under good cultivation. The 
entire property is paid for. The building is 
completed. In size it is 40 feet in front, run- 
ning back 72 feet, Avith l^asement under the 
entire two-story building, containing fifteen 
rooms. The Superintendent occupies said 
Home, and is receiving inmates. The Home 
is being jjretty Avell furirished, and I think it 
is starting out in a prosjjerous condition. 

The last payment on the building Avas due 
Dec. 2.5, 1886, and Avas i)romptly paid by the 
Treasurer. The subscriptions have not been 
all paid ijr yet, but they are being jjaid in, 
and I think the Treasurer will soon be re-im- 
bursed. The Trustees are moving along 
carefully, and we see no cause for regret. I 
think, by careful management, it will be a 
success, and our Superintendent will meet 
the Avants and requirements of the Home. I 
feel to make this correction for the Brethren 
of the Southern District of Indiana, as I 
think Bro. MoomaAv got the Home in the 
wrong State, Our Home is located near 

Honey Creek, Henry Co., Ind. Bro. John 
McCarty is Superintendent. 

Jacob W. Yost, Sec. 

Siilpluti- Spi-iiigs, Ind. 

[Bro. MoomaAv's reference Avas, doubtless, 
intended for the Orphans' Home of South- 
ern Illinois. — Ed. ] 

From Pine Creek Church, 111. 

Meetings began here Jan. 2, and continu- 
ed over three weeks. Bro. S. Lehman and 
the home ministers conducted the same till 
Jan. 7, Avhen Bro. S. S. Mohler came to our 
assistance, preaching in all fourteen discours- 
es. Other brethren came in to help along 
the Avork, and presented the gospel in its pu- 
rity and poAver. The central thought in 
many of the discourses of our brethren Avas 
obedience to each and eA^ery part of God's 
Word as being essential to our salvation. 
God's will has been revealed to us through 
that Avord, and if Ave eA'er expect to be heirs 
of eternal glory, Ave inust obey his Avill, Tavo 
precious souls made the good confession, 
Avhile others, Avho were near the kingdom, 
seemed to say, "Go thy way for this time." 
Our prayer is, that they may become "doers 
of the word, and not hearers only." The 
interest Avas excellent throughout all the 
meetings. The church Avas strengthened and 
built up, Ave trust, more fully prepared for the 
battles of life. May Ave all press forward in 
the Christian race, be faithful until death, 
and finally reap the croAvn of life ! 

D. L. FoitNEY. 

Folo, III., Jan. V.s. 

Royal Crumbs. 

Bro. Zollers arrived at Kanopolis, Kan., 
Jan. 12, and I, the 17th. The same night 
Bro. Z. spoke the word of the Lord from 1 
Tim. 1: 15. The next eA^eniug a servant of 
Christ gave an outline of the faith and prac- 
tice of the church, and on W^ednesday even- 
ing, Bro. Z. again delivered a message from 
King Jesus. On the 20th, Ave "loosed" from 
Kanopolis, Bro. Z. going to Marion County, 
and I to Dorrance church. 

* * 
The night of the 20th, meeting in Bro. 
John Newcomer's house, and the truth ex- 
jjounded from De'ut. 8: 3. Again, on Friday 
night, at same place, on the Avords found in 
Isa. 7: 13, and on Saturday evening at Colo-' 
ny school-house, and the text Avas 2 Cor. 3: 6. 
On Sunday, 11 A. M. in Dorrance, on "Con- 
version," and at Colony in the evening, on 1 
Sam. 10: 23. Eld. John Newcomer, aged 65, 
has charge of the Dorrance church, assisted 
by Eld. John Brower, aged 68, and brethren 
Jacob Harnish and Wm. Hines. Five dea- 
cons aid in church aftairs. The membershiiJ 
is al)out fifty. Just as Ave Avere to commence 
the last meeting, elders NeAvcomer and BroAv- 
er Avere called to anoint sister Wier, hence 
they left immediately to attend to that holy 


The afternoon of Jan. 24, Bro. John Light 
and wife, in their buggy, conveyed me \o 

Feb. 8, 1887. 



Eussell, meeting at Bro. Light's house, and 
words from Prov. 13: 21 for onr spiritual 
supper. The evening of the 2.5th, services in 
the Congregational house, and the three 
vfells (Gen. 26: 20-22) draAvn from for spir- 
itual drink. Wednesday evening, Ashdod's 
Bastard, Zech. 9: 6, was set up to look at, so 
that modern Christendom might see the lean- 
ness of the child. The evening of the 27th, 
was spent at the same place, considering 
James 1 : 20. Eld. John Hollinger has charge 
of the Russell church, and one deacon and 
two ministers are with him. There are twen- 
tv-tive members in this band of pilgrims. 

By reading Gen. 27, the conclusion comes 
up that Jacob's mother committed a serious 
error when she dressed him up in skins to 
go to Isaac, his father. But by reading Gen. 
25: 23, the reason for her actions will be 
found. Rebekah knew that the "elder shall 
serve the younger,"' and having grounds for 
fear that Isaac Avoiild l)e3tow the blessing 
upon Esau, contrary to God's promise, she 
planned for Jacob. Had Isaac lilessed Esau 
as he did Jacob, he would have erred. Re- 
bekah's course, thougli seemingly deceptive, 
was in joerfect harmony with God's purpose 
concerning Jacob. M. M. E. 

From Jackson, Decatur Co., Kan. 

We left our old home in Maryland to 
seek a home in the far West, and have locat- 
ed in Decatur Co. We will try to give a 
few facts concerning the county. The soil 
is good and productive, producing in great 
abundance corn, all kind of small grain and 
vegetables. We have good water, and good 
health. We desire the Brethren to come 
and see our country. Land is cheap close 
to the railroad. AVe have no church. 
People here are anxious to learn the doctrine 
of the Brethren. We Avould be glad to have 
any of the Brethren come to visit and preach 
for us. Thank the Lord we are so abundant- 
ly blessed. Brethren and sisters, remember 
us at a throne of grace, is the desire of your 
sister in tlie Lord. 

Nannie D. Sneckanbergei!. 

From Domiel's Creek, Ohio. 

Bro. L. W. Teeter, of Hagerstown, Ind., 
came to us Jan. 6th, and wielded the Sword 
of the Spirit with power for thirty-three 
meetings, to the edification of saints, and 
conversion of sinners. Six souls were made 
willing to accept Christ, and Avere buried 
in baptism, to arise and follow the footsteps 
of Jesus. They Avere all young in years, but 
we liope they Avill be strong Avorkers in the 
cause of Christ, and prove bright and shining 
lights to the Avorld. May the Lord bless the 
Avork of our brother that the seed sown may 
bring forth much fruit! W. H. Boavser. 

Xorih Hampion, 0. 

From West Conastoga Church. 

On NeAv Year's evening, Bro. Jno. Witmer 
icame among us and preached every evening 

iiutil the 7th inst; also held five forenoon 
meetings. On the 6th, Bro. Benj. Hattle came 
to assist, and stayed till the 10th inst. In 
all Ave had fourteen meetings; they were Avell 
attended. One eA'ening, namely Thursday, 
Ave were reminded of the multitude of old, 
Avlien they took the roof doAvn to come to 
Jesus. Although the house was filled, there 
Avas good order and attention. The results 
are, the members Avere reminded of their 
duties in the church as Avell as in all their un- 
dertakings. The sinners Avere made to feel 
the necessity of a better life, although none 
Avere made Avilling to make the ste]). We 
hope some seed Avill spring up yet. 

On the 29th, Ave expect Bro. A. Hiitchison 
among us, to begin meetings at the Middle 
Creek meeting-house, of Avhich I Avill report 
•shortly after the close of the meetings, for 
the l)enefit of the Gospel Messenger read- 
ers. A. W. Ztt4. 

From Dorrance Church, Kan 

We feel greatly indebted to our mvTch be- 
loved Bro. M. M. Eshelman, for holding a 
series of meetings at this place, commencing 
Jan. 20. There was much interest manifest- 
ed, and we think some are almost persuaded 
to stej) upon the good old ship Zion. May 
the grace of God he Avith our dear brother, as 
Avell as others, in holding forth the sacred 
Word in its purity! Brethren Lincoln Allen- 
l>augh and John Hollinger also held a feAV 
meeting, here. Our hearts always rejoice to 
have our Brethren come to us. 

Wm. R. Cline. 

From the Sugar Creek Church, Ohio. 

The Brethren of the Sugar Creek congre- 
gation boiight and repaired the M. E. church- 
house at RagersAdlle, TuscaraAvas Co., O. Bro. 
Silas HooA'er came to us and commenced a 
series of meetings on NeAv Year's evening. 
On Sunday, Jan. 2, he preached a dedicatory 
sermon to a large congregation. The meet- 
ings continued until Jan. 9. Bro. Hoover 
used the Sword of the Spirit Avith poAver — so 
much so that saints Avere made to rejoice to 
see sinners come flocking home. 

The meetings increased in interest and at- 
tendance, until the house Avas filled to its ut- 
most, and many could not be admitted for 
Avant of room. On Sunday, Jan. 9, Bro. 
Hoover delivered an excellent sermon, sIioav- 
ing "the house Ave live in." After services 
the large congregation repaired to the Avater- 
side; the ice, ten inches thick, Avas removed, 
and twelve precious souls Avere buried Avith 
Christ in baptism, to Avalk in neAvness of life. 

The meetings closed Avith the best of feel- 
ing. Many good impressions Avere made up- 
on the minds of the people of this commim- 
ity. Many are "almost persuaded," but say, 
"We Avill Avait for a more convenient season!" 
Four Avere received into the church a short 
time ago. Bro. Samuel Muntis, of Knox Co., 
O., Avas also Avith us during our meetings, and 
gave us good encouragement. 

We think the brethren and sisters Avere 
greatly edified, and encouraged to Avork with 

more zeal and earnestness for the Master's 
cause. We ask the prayers of God's people 
in liehalf of those Avho hai'e come out on the 
Lord's side, tJiat they may be faithful to the 
end. Si:>roN Harshman. 

Rage} 'srilJe, Oh io. 

From Mt, Vernon Church, Augusta Co., Va. 

Bro. George Wine, from an adjoining 
county, came to us and began a meeting on 
Christmas Day; continued sixteen days, la- 
boring faithfully, and zealously expounding 
the Avords of eternal truth. His preaching 
Avas received Avitli marked attention, and Avitli 
appreciation and profit by manj'. Five Avere 
induced to unite Avith us in the Avork, and 
Avere brought by the door into the slieepfold. 
While in this place, a good Avork Avas done, 
Avhich, Ave hope, Avill abide. There Avas yet 
another feature of excellency slioAvn forth by 
the brother, in supporting all assertions by 
Scripture and strengthening by Bible illus- 
trations. We cherish and hope Ihat the con- 
tiuTied practical advice we had from time to 
time during the meeting, Avill abide with us, 
and help us along the onward course toAvard 
eternity. As our brother goes to Ohio to- 
day to enter another field of labor, may the 
prayers of the church go Avitli him. 

E. J. Kendig. 

Fishersville, Va. 


Our attention lias been called to an error 
in our j)ublished report, Avhich we cheerfully 
correct, viz. : Rock Creek church. 111., is cred- 
ited Avith $25, sent last May, Avhich belongs 
to Rock River church. 111. Rock Creek does 
not appear on our books. 

Brethren's Book & Tract AVork. 

From Muscatine. loAva. 

On Jan. 15, Bro. Abraham AVolf, of AVasli- 
ington Co., loAva, came to joay us a visit. He 
remained until the 21st, and preached six 
sermons. Bro. Abraham told us plainly Avhat 
Ave must do to be saved. At first the meet- 
ings Avere not so large, but, as Ave continued, 
the number of hearers increased. The at- 
tention Avas good, and the behavior of the 
young iDeople Avas excellent. These meet- 
ings Avere held at Pine Blutf meeting-house, 
111., in Bro. Geo. Gish's neighborhood. I 
think some good impressions Avere made, and 
if we could have regular meetings I think a 
church could be built ui^. Preaching only 
once or tAvice a year does not do much good 
in building ,up the cause. There are only a 
feAV members here, and scattei'ed far apart. 
Brethren. i)i'ay for us. that Ave may hold oiit 
faithful. Geo. Nicholas. 

I need a Sarior to save me. I liaA'e no 
salvation till I find a Savior. A person I 
must have, The highest truth Avill not saA'e 
me, further than as it brings me to the 
Savior, that he may give, and / may get 
eternal life.— -Dr. Jolin Duncan. 



Feb. 8,1887. 

Our Trip North 

"We took the tiaiu at Greene. Iowa. Dee. 8, 
for Osage. Becker Co.. 3Iinn. We arrived at 
Minneapolis at 7: 30 A. M. We changed cars 
for Yerndale, on the Northern Pacific E. K., 
arriving there at i P. M. The next morning 
we started for Osage, by private conveyance. 
and, after a cold ride of seventy miles, we ar- 
rived at the home of our son-in4aw, who 
moved here last March. Our daughter, and 
the family, were anxiously awaiting our ar- 

There are three members, besides oiir 
daughter and her husband; they have not 
heard a sermon preached l\v o\ir Brethren 
since they came here. They were very anx- 
ious for preaching, and had appointed me to 
preach for them Saturday night. We filled 
the appointment; there were good attendance 
and good interest. While we remained there, 
we preached ten sermons, and held three so- 
cial meetings. 

Jan. 3, with Bro. Wni. Moore we took our 
leave: sistCT J. D. Shook and sister Emma 
Moore remained a few days longer. We 
stopped otf at Motley to visit friends for a 
few days. We all arrived home safely, Jan. 
8, except Bro. Moore, who returned home the 
next week. Any of our ministering brethren, 
traveling on the Xorthern Pacific E. E., who 
will address J. G. Moore, Osage, Minn., Avill 
be met at the railroad and taken out to his 
home. They would very much like to have 

Our council-meeting for the first quarter 
was held last Saturday; all the business be- 
fore the meeting was satisfactorily disposed 
of, as far as we know. Wm. Eikenberry, of 
Waterloo, la., has been here the past week, 
preaching, but, oAving to the cold weather, the 
congregations were not large. The interest 
manifested was good, and the church, we 
hope, was revived. Come again, Bro. Will- 
iam! J. F. ElKEXBEPiRY. 

Greene, la., Jan. 16, 1S87. 

yea, have taken on ourselves the form or spir- 
it of one, even Christ Jesus ! Let us not grow 
Aveary nor faint in well-doing, but, knowing 
and realizing that it is no vain thing to serve 
the Lortl, let us pray one for another, and for 
the lost ones, thus fulfilling the command of 
our blessed Eedeemer. Emanuel Smith. 
Mingona, Kan. 

From Garrison, Iowa. 

According to appointment, Bro. J. C. Sei- 
bert came to us on the 18tli inst, and held a 
number of interesting meetings. He is work- 
ing in the interest of the Orphans' Home 
enterprise of the Middle District of Iowa, 
and^is an earnest Avorker. A goodly iiumber 
of Brethren came from adjoining churches to 
participate in our feast, held on Christmas. 
We had a feast of loA'e, long to be remember- 
ed. All but one of our young converts, who 
came to the church while Bro. I. J. Eosen- 
berger Avas with us, were present. Four of 
the Avriter's children, whose ages range from 
tAveh^e to tAventy years, were at the table. 

Dear brethren and sisters, another year 
has closed! Let us pause and think! What 
is our record for the past year? Have Ave 
done Avhat Ave could? During the year thirty- 
eight precious souls liaA'e here been brought 
into the fold, and the dark clouds under which 
we have been laboring, have been dispelled. 
Oh, let us thank the Lord for his goodness! 
Let us not allows prosperity to exalt us, but 
let us commence the new year Avith renewed 
zeal and courage, that Ave may be found Avork- 
ing Avhen the Master comes, and prepared 
for the soul's bright home over there! 

Dec. 29, 18h6. Stephen Johnson. 

From Wabash, Ind. 

From the Elm Creek Church, Kan, 

Although it has been some time since our 
little band has been heard of through the 
Messengep., we hope it has been heard none 
the less in heaA-en. We have reason to hope 
this, for Ave can see the spirit of Christ man- 
ifested among us. The Brethren have been 
holding a series of meetings in our little 
toAvn of Mingona. Bro. George Shamberger, 
of Missouri, gave us several interesting ser- 
mons. Many good and lasting impressions 
were made, one brother coming out on the 
Lord's side; many others Avere made to think 
seriously. May the Lord cause them to re- 
flect over the truths they have heard, and to 
make the wise choice! May they think fast, 
and act accordingly, for "the night cometh, 
when no man can work." 

This is not to be confined altogether to the 
unbeliever or "outsider," but Ave need to 
take it home to ourseh-es. It seems that at 
times we grow cold, or at least luke-Avarm. 
We must remember that we have put ofi" the 
old man, and have taken on the new man; 

"With joy we meet, and with sorroAv Ave 
part." The foregoing was made manifest to 
us last night, Avhen our dear brethren, Noah 
and Jacob Fisher gaA'e us the parting hand. 
They came among us Jan. 8, and remained 
one week, Avielding the sAvord among the chil- 
dren of men, Avarning sinners and encourag- 
ing the saints. They admonished us to a 
lively sense of our duty, and impressed iipon 
the minds of sinners the necessity of folloAV- 
ing their Lord and Savior. 

This is the kind of brethren that Avill 
always find a hearty welcome among us. 
No additions Avere made, but Ave have reason 
to belieA'e that many lasting impressions Avere 
made — some, Ave know, that Ave can never for- 
get. We had good attendance and good or- 
der. We had some very cold Aveather, and 
good sleighing. Time will tell the result of 
our meetings. Come again, brethren Noah 
and Jacob! 0. C. Arnold. 

Jan. 15, 1887. 

From Iowa Valley Church, Iowa. 

Our council-meeting came off Jan. 8; ev- 
' ei-ything passed ofif pleasantly. One Avas re- 
ceived by letter. Thus the good Avork goes 
on. Our elder being present, Ave decided to 
have a regular annual visit before the spring 
council. Here is where our esteemed elder, 

John Murray, used to preside, but he has 
gone to Kansas. This church has been a 
constant feeder to the Far West. She has 
sent out elders, preachers, deacons, and lay- 
members, Avho have done great missionary 
Avork in the West. Brethren and sisters, let 
us take new courage and fight manfully. 

Fetter Hall. 


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WOODS— PITTENGER.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 28, by Bro. Tobias Hoover, Mr. 
C. M. Woods, of Chatham, and Miss Clara Pitten- 
ger, of .Spencer, Ohio. 

GOODYEAR— STRAUSBURG.—y\.t the residence 
of the bride's parents, near Centerview, Mo., Dec. 29, 
Bro. D. B. Goodyear, of Gieat Bend, Kan., and sister 
Lovie Strausburg. P. >S. G.\rm.\n. 

KERSCHNER— JyVMES.— .\t the residence of the 
liride's parents, near Syiacuse, Otoe Co., Nebr., Jan. 
12, by G. S. Alexander, pastor of the M. E. church, 
William M., son of Bro. W. A. and sister C. Kersch- 
ncr, of Eagle, Cass Co., Nebr., and Miss Phebe M. 
James. M. .S. Kerschner. 

Fallen Asleep. 

"Blessed arti the dearl which die in the Lord." 

DICKEY. — At his home, Dec. 17, of heart disease, 
Bro. Jonas Dickey, aged 63 years, 11 months and 10 
days. Services by Eld. John 1>. Powant, from 2 Tim. 
4: 6-8. Marth.\ Dickey. 

MALCOMB.--In the Landisville church, Ind., Jan. 
20, Bro. Morgan Malcomb, aged 57 years, 3 months 
.■md 29 days. He leaves a wife and seven children to 
mourn their loss. .Ser\ices by Bro. .S. R. Crumrine, 
from 2 Cor. 5: i, 2. T. L. Bi;rwick. 

BRUBAKER.— In William's Creek church, Tex., Jan. 
19, of membranous croup, Henry Da\id, infant son 
of Eld. Henrv and Elizabeth Brubaker, aged 4 
months and 13 days. .Services by the writer. 

A. W. V.\NIMAN. 

Feb. 8, 1887. 



KIMMEL. — In the Middle Creek chin-ch, Somerset 
Co., Pa., Dec. 25, Allen Roy, son of Bro. Wm. and 
Francisca Kimmel, aged i year, 5 months and 15 
days. .Services by Nelson Christian and the writer. 

JosiAii Berkly. 

ALLTUS. — In the IVIountuin Grove church, Mo., July 
15, Samuel Daniel AUtus, aged 18 years, 8 months 
and 8 days. He was a member but a short time, and 
seemed to be composed. He asked his two brothers 
and sisters to meet him in heaven. 

_NELL. — In White Co., Mo., of lung disease, Jan. 8, 
— William Nell, the blind brother of the Brethren 
church at Mountain Grove, aged 28 j-ears, 7 months 
and 3 days. S. A. Allti s. 

STUCKEY.— In the Sandy church, Stark Co., Ohio, 

Jan. 10, Bro. Abraham .Stuckey, aged 76 j-ears and 

12 days. 

He was born in Snake Spring Valley, Bedford Co , 

Pa., Dec. 29, 1810, and came to Stark Co., Ohio, in 

iSii. .Services at the Freeburg meeting-house, b\' the 

writer, from Job 14: 10. A.vron .Shively. 

ROHN. — In the Tuscarawas church, Ohio, Dec. 22, 
Bessie Alice Rohn, aged i year, 6 months and 5 days. 
■Services from Rom. 6: 23. 

HILEMAN. — In the same church, Jan. i, sister Malin- 
da Hileman, aged 83 years, 9 months and 19 days. 
Her last request was, "I want to go home." We feel 
assured that the good Lord granted it. .Services from 
Rev. 14: 13. 

DAILY. — Drowned near Baton Rouge, in the Missis- 
sippi River, Dec. 13, Wm. S. Daily, aged 34 j-ears, 9 
months and 2 days. Services were held in ^Manches- 
ter, where the parents of the deceased reside, Jan. 8, 
from Amos 4:12. 

HUFF.— In the East Nimishillen church, O., Jan. i^, 
Mar}' Mahala Huff, aged 13 years, 5 months and 17 
days. Services from Gen. 42: 36. jMa_y the good 
Lord comfort the afflicted 1 

Noah Loxg.vnecker. 

MOHLER. — In the Covington church, Miami Co., 
Ohio, Jan. 17, sister Catharine, \\ife of Eld. .Samuel 
Mohler, aged 80 years, 4 months and 22 days. 

.She was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Aug. 24, 
1806; emigrated to Miami Co., Ohio, in 1829; united 
with the church in the same year. Her constant desire 
was that she might go home and be at rest. Last Sab- 
bath evening, at 8 o'clock, God granted her request, and 
relieved her from her sufferings. .Services at the .Su- 
gar Grove church, by the Brethren. 


NELSON. — Jan. 17, sister Amanda Nelson, daughter 
of Daniel Brower, of Allen Co., Ohio, aged 21 yeaas, 
7 months and 5 days. She was buried at the Mineral 
Creek church, Johnson Co., Mo. P. S. G,\rman. 

HOLLAR.— In the \'alley Pike District, Shenandoah 
Co., Va., June 14, 18S5, Bro. John P. Hollar, aged 72 

Bro. Hollar was complaining more or less for sev- 
eral years. He said he was going to the Brethren's 
meeting, as he felt pretty good. His son, Bro. Wm., 
took him in the buggy. Tliev went only a few ^ards, 
when he was taken suddenly, and died in a short time. 
.Services by Emmanuel .Sha^■er, a Progressive, and Bro. 
Ellis, from Rev. 14: 14, to a large concourse of sympa- 
thizing friends. 

HOLLAR.— Feb. 28, i886, sister Sarah Hollar, wife of 
above, aged 72 years. .She bore her sickness patient- 
ly, and died without a murmur. .Services by Eld. 
Samuel A. Shaver and Bro. John Flor\-, to a large 

IIORSAFLOOK.— In the .same district, .\pril 5, 18S6, 
sister Elizabeth Horsaflook, aged 85 vears. .Serxices 
bv Eld. Samuel A. Sha\cr. 

SHERMAN.— In the same district, Dec. 25, Mollie, 
daughter of friend Reuben and sister Margaret Sher- 
man, aged II years, 3 months and 3 da^'s. Services 
by Eld. .Samuel A. .Sha\'er, from 2 Cor. 5: i, to a 
large concourse of people. Sarah C. Barton. 


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Men never b<?gin to be wise till tliev 
begin to be religious; and thev then leave 
off being wise when they leave otT doing 


Be faithful in the perforniance otoiuy, 
patient in the endumnce of trial, hope- 
ful in the midst of difficulties, and over 
trustinsr in vour heavenlv Father's care. 

Blessed is the man who has found his 
work: let him ask no other blessedness. 
Know thv work and do it: .and work at it 
like Hercules. One monster there is in 
the world — an idle man. 

Little children ! — holy angels that 
throng our path-way. and draw our feet 
from the bv-wavs of sin and crime. How 
much the world is indebted to them for 
their saving influence, for the controlling 
power thev exercise over the mind of 

* * * 

For everv life there is a summit. Hap- 
pv are they who gain it, and sad the lot 
of those who faint and fail in the struggle. 
Short or long to the top. it can only be 
scaled by persistent climbing. There 
must be ambition to do or dare, or the 
prize will not be secured. 

Christ left his grave-clothes behind him 
in the sepulchre because he rose to die 
no more: death was to have no more 
dominion over him. Lazarus came out 
with his grave-clothes on. for he was to 
u=e them again : but Christ, rising to an 
immortal life, came out free from those 

* =;= 

Keep a firm grip on good temper, and 
don't lose your hold for any cause. Many 
a man has lost his place and friend, many 
a house is broken up. hearts that loved 
divided, children scattered, lives wrecked 
and crimes comm.itted. even to the ex- 
tent of murder, just by losing the grip 
discretion bids us keep on this best of all 
good companions — good temper. 

There is always a dark side as well as 
a bright side to our condition in life. If 
we begin to consider the dark side, we 
are in danger of losing sight of the bright 
side. But if we begin with looking at 
the bright side, we may even forget that 
there is any dark side. We are never in 
such a plight that our causes of thank- 
fulness are not so many and so great a=- 
to fill our thoughts — if we simply open 
our minds to their fair considering. And 
here is a way of having a Thanksgiving 
Day at any time of the year. 

* * 
Not -VT-L .\t once. — I compare the 
trouble we undergo in the course of a 
vear to a great bundle of fagots far too 
large for us to lift. But God does not 
require us to lift it all at once. He mer- 
cifullv unties the bundle, and gives us 
first one stick, which we are to carry to- 
day, and another which we are to carry 
to-morrow, and so on. This we might 
easilv manage if we would only take the 
burden appointed for us each day ; but 
■we choose to increase our trouble by car- 
rving vesterday's stick over again to-day, 
and adding to-morrow's burden to our 
load before we are required to bear it. 

Nf.ner Gro\n> Oi.n. "Ago may \\.>>te 
mother's beauty and dim the lustre of her 
eve: her strength may depart, her limbs 
refuse to support her tottering frame, 
or she m.ay become as helpless as an in- 
fant, but shall we love her less.' Is she 
not our mother still.' Has she not toil- 
ed and watched over our helpless infancy .' 
And in youth, has she not tried to lead 
us in the narrow path.' And in sickness 
she was our ministering angel! 

11k who speaks words of personal com- 
fort and cheer witli exceptional power, 
has purchased that endowment at the 
cost of an exceptional experience of un- 
speakable personal suffering. A sunny 
smile of unmistakable sympathy, is un- 
mistakably a smile where the sunlight of 
God's truth is reflected on an ocean of 
unshed tears. Onlv he wliose trials .and 
endurances would cause yoiu- heart to 
bleed for him. if you knew him as he is, 
can stav the bleeding of your heart in 
vour need, or aid you in bearing the pain 
of a bleeding heart, by the helpful words 
of his svmpathetic ministry. No cost is 
greater than the cost of the power of 
helping others by a look or a word in the 
hour of their greatest need. 

.\ good follower is a good leader — for 
his followers. To every Christian tliere 
comes the injunction of Paul, ''Be thou 
an example;" and so far a Christian's 
chief dutv is to be a good leader. But 
then there comes to him also the mes- 
sage of Christ, ''For I have given you an 
example," and so far a Christian's chief 
dutv is to be a follower. Hence a Chris- 
tian's duty of being an example is per- 
form.ed in his showing that he has an ex- 
ample. He who has Christ in mind as 
his example, is, by that very fact, him- 
self already an example. He whose first 
solicitude is to be an example to otlicrs, 
is likely to forget his own better Exain- 
ple. But he whose first desire is to fol- 
low Christ as his example, is more likely 
to lead others to Christ by his example. 
He sets the best example who best exem- 
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The Brethren of Clover Creek church are now hav- 
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mal Chapel. May the good spirit be with us, God's 
name glorified, and sinners saved. 

Bro. Quinter is now preaching for the Brethren of 
the Spring Run church, Pa. The meetings will be 
continued over the coming Sunday-. 

Bro. James A. Sell is holding a scries of meetings 
at Coffee Run, in the James Creek church. We are 
not informed how long the meetings as ill be continued. 

A BROTHER asks us to stop his paper, because there 
is too much in it about tobacco. Very sorry, indeed, 
but don't sec how his not reading the paper -will make 
the use of it any better or worse. 

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ference, to be held in Kansas. Just as soon as we get 
information that will be of advantage to our readers, 
we will make it known. 

Communications continue to come to us without 
the author's name. As it has been frequenth' stated 
that such papers will not be published, we consign 
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that the name of the writer must always accompany 
the communications to insure insertion. 

This w'eek, Bro. John E. Kceny and wife, and Bro_ 
Geo. N. Falkenstein and wife, leave us for the West. 
Their present intention is to locate in Wichita, Kan. 
It is with much regret that we lose their Christian so- 
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best wishes go with them, and hope that they will be 
successful in meeting with kindred religious associa- 
tions, and that their influence, wherever it may fall, 
may be a power for good. 


We have been asked by several to give the origin of 
sects, as if, of course, we were supposed to know and 
be familiar Avith all the knotty and abstruse questions 
of the da}-. Perhaps we should be, but long ago we 
have learned that tliere is a vast difference between 
what ought to be and what really is and exists. 

Sectism is one of the oldest itms that we ha\e. It is 
pre- Adamite in origin, and probably will date at tlie re- 
volt in heaven, when Satan lost his first estate, and 
was transformed from an angel to a devil. Sectism 
grows out of two of the prominent characteristics of 
human nature. The first is, the variety of minds and 
dispositions, and the aversion of the unlike towards 
each other. 

The second is the almost universal desire for homo- 
geneous associations. The first separates the world in- 

to fragments, and the second gathers the fragments in- 
to homogeneous classes or sects. Whether there was 
much of the "unlike" in the make-up of our first pa- 
rents, Adam and Eve, we cannot say, but we are in- 
clined to the opinion that their adaptability to each oth- 
er was tolerably complete, as Adam preferred union and 
misery rather than continued enjoyment with separa- 
tion. But in their offspring, the spirit of sectism was 
I soon made manifest, as very early in the history of the 
world we find that men and women separated them- 
selves into classes and sects. 

In the Bible we have many examples of sectism. 

\ Some of them grew out of families, others out of na- 

I tionalities, and still others out of religion. But while 

the character of the sects differed, the cause, as the ori- 

I gin of them, was the same. The unlike separated them 

and the like brought together. 
i The terms Jew, Gentile, barbarian, heathen, etc., rep- 
I resent views and ideas rather than men. llad men al- 
j Avays retained the same views, and carried out the 
I same practices, there would have been no divisions. 
I Esau and Jacob were unlike, not only in appearance, 
but also in views and principles. This unlike disposi- 
tion separated them, and out of one family grew two 
sects. Through gamos grew homogeny, or homogene- 
ous races of people. But the same principle that caus- 
ed this separation continued to exist and to separate so 
that division will continue ad finitiini. 

As in families, so in nations. Like laws, like people 
and like customs, hence a modifying and unifying in- 
fluence that tends to preserve a oneness, and thus na- 
tionalities are maintained until the unlike principle 
grows strong enough to cause insurrections and divis- 
ion. As a result of this principle, we have empires, 
kingdoms and republics, and because of our homogeny, 
we are enabled to remain together as nations. 

But nowhere has the principle of sectism been made 
so manifest as in religion. This is especially true since 
the ushering in of the Christian dispensation. And 
what seems most strange about it is, that the Christian 
religion is intended to unify its subjects instead of caus- 
ing separation. In becoming the subjects of this king- 
dom, Ave all receive the same spirit, and the prayer of 
Christ is that his children may all be one. Looking at 
religion in this light, it does become an interesting 
question as to the origin and cause of sectism. 

In one of our exchanges, not long since, we noticed 
an attempt made to explain the cause of these divis- 
ions on a phrenological basis, or on physical and moral 
development. The principle of the unlike separating, 
and the like unifying, is the same, or a practical dem- 
onstration of the old and common adage, "Birds of a 
feather flock together." To illustrate his position he 
starts out with the Friends, a people noted for their 
spirituality and benevolence. They maintain their or- 
ganization bj' cultivating and developing these and 
I kindred faculties in their membership and their fami- 
lies. To this bod}' all men and women of similar de- | 
I velopments are inclined, because of their reciprocit}- of ! 
feelings. It is claimed that this sameness of develop- | 
ment produces not only a natural affinitv, but a spiritu- 
j al also. It inclines men and women to the reading, ad- 
miring and accepting the same parts of .Scriptural 
■ truths, and in this way are naturallv led into the same 
body, churcli or sect. The same mav- be said of Pres- 
byterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Tunkers, 
and all of the other sects that have arisen in the world. 
These sects ma}' divide and subdivide as rapidlv as the 
: unlike becomes prominent, but the same principle runs 
through them all. They first divide, as a whole, on 
account of the natural aversion to the unlike that 
springs up among them, and then because of the desire i 

for affinity, the like parts unify. On this principle, and 
for such causes, there is practically no limit to division 
and the multiplicity of sects. 

During the time that Christ was on the earth, sect- 
ism was rife in the world, the Piiarisees, Sadducees, 
.Samaritans, Nazarenes, etc. They were bodies of like 
doctrines and beliefs, which was the bond that kept 
them together. If they would unite on a common en- 
emy, and on common issues, all that was necessary to 
defeat a common purpose was to bring up their differ- 
ences, and at once they would be in battle array against 
each other. Paul, when brought before the council, 
made up of Pharisees and Sadducees, who, for the tinie 
being, had laid aside their sect aversions and united on 
him as a common enemy, took advantage of this prin- 
ciple by throwing it among them as a brand for di\i>- 
ion, and it had the desired effect, for at once the}' re- 
turned, with fierceness, to their old bone of contention. 
"But when Paul perceived that the one part were .Sad- 
ducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the 
council, Men and brethren, I am a Piiarisee: of the 
hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in ques- 
tion. And when he had so said, there arose a dissen- 
sion between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the 
multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say there is 
no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Phar- 
isees confess both. And there arose a great cry: and 
the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and 
strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a 
spirit or an angel hath spoken to him., let !'= not fight 
against God. And when there arose a great dissension, 
the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been 
pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go 
down, and to take him by force from among them, and 
to bring him into the castle." — Acts 23: 6-10. 

This same spirit Avas conveyed, in some Ava\-, into 
the Christian church, so called, and sects unite onlv on 
common enemies, and the true and humble Christian 
could not enjoy a peaceful existence, was it not for this 
bone Avhich is sufficiently fleshly to satisfy the fighting- 
propensities of sects, and thus prevent them from unit- 
ing on a common enemy. Early in the organization of 
the Christian church, the sect principle began to mani- 
fest itself and its baneful power, and in the name of the 
blessed religion of the King of Peace, men and Avomen 
Avere persecuted, burned at the stake and beheaded, un- 
til blood ran in torrents, and a reign of terror followed, 
which necessitated the true followers of Christ to flee 
to the mountains, ca\es and dens for succor and safety. 
This terrible condition of things had its culmination in 
the Reformation. 

The spirit of sectism had been at work in the Rom- 
ish church for centuries, but through the fear of perse- 
cution, the rack, the stake, and the guillotine, it Avas 
kept in check until the unlike element became sutH- 
ciently strong to assert its power, and free itself from 
the shackles that Avere, in severity, beyond human en- 

Here again we liave manifested, seeminglv, a strange 
phase in human character. We Avould reasonablv sup- 
pose that a people so long trammeled Avith man-made 
traditions, in being liberated, Avould naturallv- incline 
towards each other, and division would be obviated. 
But here, as in thousands of other cases, thev ran their 
liberties iijto extremes, and every leading nian Avanted, 
and Avas determined to have his own Avay. As a result, 
the Protestant church started out in sects; Lutherans, 
Calvinists, Zwinglians, Knoxites, Melanchtonites, etc., 
making almost as many sects as there Avere prominent 
men in the religious movement of the time; so that sect- 
ism in the Reforn-iation received a new impetus that 
has continued in force ever since. 

(To be Confiiiucd.) 



Feb. 15, 1887. 




i to indulge iu such a habit? It is, to say the 
'■ least, au idle habit, aud oue that is surely 

•Study to s>owiiu-<o;£ Eiprovoa iu:o God; a >>vrkmau that , ^.^^ xmbeCOmiu" iu a child of God. "But," 
needoth not be asnaaiej. nphtlv cliTidiEg the ; . c? ' 

Word of Truth.' | gjiyg ^^g^ "[\^ i^jjc; become a second nature, 

that I can never be able to break off and free 
myself from its cliains." To such let me 
say. Beware! O beware! lest you deny the 
ability of him who has said, "My grace is 
sufficient for you." How, then, can we be ex- 
cusable iu making such a plea? So doing, 
is doubting his veracity, or to own that we 
are dependent ou our own strength, one or 
the other we must admit; either one is a sad 
case to contemplate. 

Can we doubt his ability? It is evident 
that those who fail in their efforts against any 
evil habit, have done so because they were 
depending on self; then failure is the inevita- 
ble result. 

"When I broke off', I besought the Lord to 
enable me to do his will ; I soon found my 
strength of will was increasing, and still it 
increases. It is truly a satisfaction to feel 
that, by the aid of him who is mighty to save, 
the victory is won. But, says one, I could 
quit too, if I used so little of it. To such I 
always have replied, that if I iised so much 
as they, I would quit. 

Some foiu- months after quitting, I saw a 
boy of only four years of age, that would 
chew, and also smoke a strong, old pipe with 
strong tobacco; since I never craved it much. 
I think the brother will not be offended with 
me for this mention. Oh! that God would 
aid \\s to obtain freedom from all vices ! 


••Having iherefore these promise*, ilearlv beloved, let 
us cle,-iiise o-ar*elves from all tilthiness of the flesh and 
spiiit. perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Cor. 
7- I- 

Most dearly and truly beloved Brethren, 
I undertake to write on this great scourge of 
our race, fiom a true sense of duty, and with 
the most infeuse desire to be guided by the 
Holy Spii-it. in order that my efforts may 
redound to the glory of God, and the real 
advancement of his cause. I going to 
say, my weak eSort, but on a second thought 
was led to reject that word. It is not going 
to be a weak effort, if the Lord is my guide. 
O, that he would so guide my effort, that 
much of the money spent for the baneful 
narcotic might thereby be turned over to the 
Lord's treasury, and, instead of making men | 
dvspeptic, and their nerves unsteady, be the j 
means of theii- being taught the way of life | 
in Christ. | 

To this great end I shall endeavor to be j 
truly coui-teous to all. I am aware, that | 
some wi-iters on the evils of the use of to- | 
bacco, have been entii-ely too sarcastic to i 
have any good effect, but I can excuse them j 
partially, from the fact of their never having j 
been slaves to the habit; they do not know 
the strength of its chains. I have known 
them to say they knew it was slowly killing 
them, yet they could not break their- chains, 
and free themselves from their terrible bond- 
age. Tour unworthy servant (the writer), 
know.'^ too well how to feel for those that are 
so enslaved, having been in such bondage 
nearly fifty years out of sixty-one. 

In one way, I was unlike the majority 
of those so enslaved, i:iz. : in that I was not 
offended by satirical abuse of thfe habit. 'My 
greatest plea in self-justifiation was, that I 
was so temperate in its use (only using 
about $3.00 wortli per annum;, but I often felt 
that I would so much ratlier use the amount 
in some other way, if I were only rid of the 
habit. Again, it seemed, it was so fastened 
upon me, and had become such a second 
nature, that I feared it was not prudent for 
me to quit entirely, so, finally, some eight 
months ago, I concluded to quit as an ex- 
periment; set no time that I would let it alone, 
but I was going to quit long enough to be 
fully satisfied, as to whether it was good for 
my health or not. 

I now rejoice in knowing, that it is far 
better to be free, not only for health of body, 
but also for spiritual health. In nil good con- 
science, how can we feel that we are cleansed 
from all filthiness of the flesh, while indulg- 
ing such an unnatural, depraved appetite? 
Can anyone claim it was a habit of mankind 
before the fall? It is generally conceded to 
be an idle and filthy habit, even by a majority 
of those who are indulging in it. How, then, 
can it be, that the children of God can stoop 


There is nothing more desii'able than 
unity of thought and action. To be perfect- 
ly joined together in the same mind aud 
judgment, is a perfection to which few at- 
tain. To speak the same things, to do the 
same things, must be the unity of the Spirit 
in the bonds of peace. This unity of thought 
aud action is not a blind assent to a creed 
formulated by a body of men. A creed may 
produce unity, but it is the unity of death, 
a smooth, stagnant pool in which death re- 
sides. The true unity of the Spirit exists 
only among those who walk in the light, and 
sit at the feet of Jesus. The Spirit teaches 
us all truth by xn-eparing our minds to hear 
the words of God. 

An humble mind must be a constant recep- 
tacle of truth. A prejudiced, egotistical 
and imperious mind is totally disqualified to 
learn the deep things of God. Bitterness 
and wrath unfit any writer or student to ex- 
amine the holy oracles of God. 

Much disunion prevails in the religious 
world as to the meaning of the caption of 
this article. The Westminster Confession 
of Faith, declares it to be "most grievous tor- 
ments in the flames of Gehenna, endured 
; eternally in soul and body." The Universa- 
i list affirms that deaih is endured by the soul 
in the present life, that beyond this life there 
is no punishment. Man, say they, is dead 
now, and alienated from the life of God, etc. 

The Andover divines affirm that the inter- 
mediate state is disciplinary, and not penal 
to millions of the race. They claim a pro- 
bation in that period, for all who die ignor- 
ant of the gospel. 

Joseph Cook claims that many of the 
heathen believe in the essential Christ, al- 
though ignorant of the historic Christ. This 
siibtle distinction between the essential and 
historical Ciirist, is purely an invention of 
his own. Many believe and teach, that the 
wages of sin consist in a post-resurrectional 
destruction. Indeed many preachers of vari- 
ous schools seem inclined to postpone the 
real punishment of sin imtil the judgment 

Our piu'pose in these articles is not to re- 
vieAv what conflicting parties teach, but to 
learn the true teachings of Scripture. What 
was preached a centurj^ ago is rarely preach- 
ed now. The wicked Avere represented as 
consigned to material fire, in a dark dungeon, 
from which all light was eternally excluded, 
and that endless crowds of sinners lay there 
amidst darkness, fire and chains. But who 
preaches that doctrine now? True, future 
and sometimes endless punishment is preach- 
ed, but is dealt out cautiously and reluctantly. 

This change in public preaching may be a 
sign of degeneracy. The orthodox theologi- 
an may lament the decay of faith and sound 
doctrine, but the historian Avho is well versed 
in the history of the past will claim, that more 
humanity now exists among civilized men, 
than two centuries ago. The more barbar- 
ous we find men and nations, the firmer the 
hold the old doctrine has. When the doctrine 
of material, ever-burning torture Avas at its 
zenith, religious sects hated each other 
Avith a rancor that seems incredible noAv. 

Kome taught that in hell the blood Avould 
boil in the veins, and the marroAv in the bones. 
Rome burned aud tortured heretics by 
the millions. The Ej^iscopal Church of Eng- 
land hanged, shot and quartered her enemies. 
Puritans persecuted their enemies in the 
day of their i^ower, and even on this con- 
tinent they hanged the Friends, and burn- 
ed Avitches. If a revolution took place, or 
even an insurrection, it Avas folloAved by 
horrible butcheries and proscriptions. Men 
are not so ferocious as of old, but they seem 
to lose their faith in the doctrine of Edwards, 
or Jeremy Taylor. 

Religious sects treat each other, not as 
enemies of God, but as their fellow-chris- 
tians, less perfect than themselves, it may be, 
but sincerely foUoAving their convictions of 
truth. The doctrines of grace, original sin, 
predestination, atonement and punishment 
have undergone modification or revision. 
As men and sects l>ecome less ferocious, vin- 
dictive and cruel, they take milder vieAvs of 
the Deity and future retribution. Even 
those who Avould have the old doctrine restor- 
ed, confess that the present age is more human 
than the past. The decay qf faith in the 
creeds of the Middle Ages, cannot be attribut- 
ed to a lack of Bible knowledge. No age has 
seen more Bibles circulated and studied. 
Who can estimste the impulse given to Bible 
; study by the Sunday-school? The study of 

Feb. 15, 1887. 



tlie Scriptures has increased manifold, espe- 
cially among the rising generation. 

We see further, as the Bible is more widely 
diffused, works of mercy are multiplied. 
Never were there so many hospitals, asylums 
and numerous institutions to improve the 
conditions of men. Men and women of all 
ranks begin to recognize, that the love of our 
neighbor is an essential j^art of true relig- 

But future punishment is not preached as 
it was once. True, some zealous preachers 
still tread in the steps of the early Methodist 
revivalist, and describe hell in as awful terms 
as Francis Xavier, or Father Furnace of 
London. But who are their hearers? Not 
the educated, but the most illiterate of men. 
The cultured Methodist divine preaching to 
a cultured audience could not preach what 
Wesley preached to the miners of Cornwall, 
or his cotemporaries preached to backwoods- 

Now there must be a fault somewhere. 
If Jesus declares that sinners are in danger 
of hell fire, of being destroyed body and 
soul in hell, if there is a judgment of hell, 
where the worm dies not, and the fire is not 
quenched, then we ought to preach it fearless- 
ly. If preaching future penalty involves 
ferocity, barbarity, cruelty and hatred of past 
ages, then let us re-examine the whole subject, 
and when we fully understand the mind of 
Christ, let us preach it honestly, and keep 
back nothing, but declare the whole council 
of God. 



"But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, 
* * * he shall separate them." Matt. 35 : 31, 32. 

Upon a certain Tuesday evening, many 
centuries ago, there sat upon a terraced 
mountain, overlooking an Eastern city, a man 
of more than ordinary traits. He was a teach- 
er, who had traveled to and fro throughout 
his native land, and had excited not a little 
opposition by the new doctrine which he 
taught. But, while he was denounced as the 
exponent of dangerous innovations, his teach- 
ings were of such a nature as to wiii the ad- 
miration of many. 

Upon the evening of which I speak, he was 
surrounded by a number of anxious listeners 
who had come out from the city to hear his 
words, as they fell in fascinating tenderness 
from his eloquent lips. Some had already 
accepted his doctrine as true, and had become 
his constant followers, while others were yet 
undecided as to Avhether "these things were 
so." Indeed some were so taken with his ap- 
pearance, his manner and his teachings, that 
they unhesitatingly declared him to be one 
sent from heaven. 

Yet he was a man. The arms in which he 
fondled the children of his disciples, the limbs 
which supported him as he wandered to and 
fro, administering to the wants of his suffering 
brethren, and the lips with which he spoke, 
were as truly human as yours and mine. But 
there was that in his manner, that in his 

countenance, that in his voice which betray- 
ed an inner nature which was more than hu- 
man. Oh, how mild and gentle his voice, and 
how serene his countenance, as he enlighten- 
ed the anxious seeker, and spoke words of 
cheer to the disconsolate! 

But how stern and unyielding when pro- 
claiming the principles of his doctrine to his 
narrow-minded, selfish critics! How dark 
and piercing his countenance; and how like 
the awe-inspiring thunders was his voice, as 
he pronounced woes upon the slaves of sin 
and iniquity! 

This mountain upon which he sat was the 
Mount of Olives; the city with its walls and 
palaces which lay to the west, was Jerusalem, 
and the great teacher who sat thus and taught 
the people, was Jesus of Nazareth. He had 
spent the previous day in Jerusalem. Amid 
the scoffs and jeers of the Pharisees, he had 
preached glad tidings to those who were will- 
ing to hear. They had tempted him with 
questions concerning tribute to Caesar, the 
resurrection, and the greatest commandment. 

He had pronounced woes against the 
Scribes and Pharisees, and, in sublime and 
pathetic eloquence, he had given expression 
to his lamentation over Jerusalem. He had 
foretold the destruction of the temple and the 
coming of false Christs; he had enforced 
watchfulness and preparation on the part of 
his children because of the uncertainty of 

It was as he sat thus, surrounded by pious 
and faithful disciples, envious and malicious 
critics, estranged and thoughtless sinners, 
and alarmed and anxious seekers, that he 
gave utterance to the words of our text, 
"When the Son of Man shall come in his 
glory. ... he shall seiJarate them." 

Believing that we may be benefited by 
their prayerful consideration, I call your at- 
tention to several questions with respect to 
the coming of the Son of Man: 1. When 
shall he come? There is no man under 
heaven that can answer this question. "Then 
why ask it?" do you say? For the very rea- 
son that the question cannot be answered, its 
consideration becomes of the profotmdest im- 
portance. This is one of the questions which, 
while it is the height of folly to attempt to 
answer, it is at the same time the greatest 
wisdom to ask — to ask, not with the expecta- 
tion of an answer, but with the view of re- 
minding ourselves of the fact, undeniable and 
solemn as it is, that he shall come. "Watch 
therefore ; for ye know not what hour your 
Lord doth come." "Therefore be ye also 
ready; for in such an hour as ye think not 
the Son of Man cometh." 

O my brother, my sister, are we living 
lives of watchfulness and prayer? Are our 
conduct and conversation what we shall wish 
they had been when that awful event is 
ushered upon us? O let us now, with the 
solemnity of an impending judgment and 
eternity, examine our hearts and lives! May 
God Almighty grant us all a double portion 
of his Spirit, that we may now, at this very 
stage of our lives, seek anew the path of duty 
and walk therein. 

2, How shall he come ? What shall be the 

manner of his coming? Jesus himself told 
his listeners upon that Tuesday evening, as 
he sat upon Olivet, that he should come "in 
his glory." "And the power of the heavens 
shall be shaken; and then shall appear the 
sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then 
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and 
they shall see the Son of man coming in the 
clouds of heaven with power and great glory." 

Our Redeemer was once brought low, but 
now is exalted; he was once brought to shame, 
but now he is triumphant. "He Avas led 
as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb 
dumb before his shearer, so opened he not 
his mouth; in his humiliation his judgment 
was taken away; and who shall declare his 
generation? For his life is taken from the 
earth." We can know of what his humilia- 
tion was, but can we know of what his glory 
is? Read Rev. 1: 14— 18. 

In consequence of what he did for us he is 
now worshiped, and honored, and glorified 
by those who have been redeemed "out of 
every kindred, and tongue, and people, and 
nation." The number of those who now re- 
joice to do him homage is "ten thousand 
times ten thousand, and thousands of thou- 
sands." "Every creature which is in heaven, 
and on the earth, and under the earth, and 
such as are in the sea, and all that are in 
them," cry out saying, "Blessings, and honor, 
and glory, and power, be unto him that sit- 
teth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for- 
ever and ever." 

Ah! he shall come "in his glory." He came 
once in humility; he shall come again with 
authority. He came once in weakness; he 
shall come again in strength. He came 
once in dishonor; he shall come again with 
honor. He came once in shame; he shall 
come again in glory and majesty. "For as 
the light cometh out of the east, and shineth 
even unto the west; so shall also the coming 
of the Son of man be." And he will bring 
"all the holy angels with him ; then shall he 
sit upon the throne of his glory." 

How often do pious hearts bleed, and eyes 
grow dim with tears in sympath)^ with our 
once suffering Savior! He was despised 
and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and 
acquainted with grief. Oh! who can follow 
him from Bethlehem to Olivet without shed- 
ding tears? Not only did he suffer in Geth- 
semane and on the tree without the gates, 
but nearly his whole life is a rehearsal of 
what would seem to be sorrows, disappoint- 
ments and lamentations. He came into the 
world on a mission of love. He spent his 
life in administering to the wants of the 
needy; and although he never did any one 
harm, from the beginning to the close of his 
career on earth, his name was hated and his 
life was sought. He came unto his own and 
his own received him not. Was this not 

Oh! did this not create anguish in a heart 
so full of love? But come, ye weeping saints, 
now dry your tears. Jesus has ascended and 
is now glorified; and in his glory he shall 
come, and we shall see him as he is. 

3. Whom shall he separate? Long, long 
ago, the Lord decided that it was "not good 



Fob. 15,1887. 

for man to be aloue." Man lias au element 
in his natiu-e. which, without society, cannot 
be satislied; nor is it OAving to a depraved 
nattu'e which he ha? aciinired by sin, that he 
seeks the company of others — God made him 
a social being. And in this age, when the 
continents are teeming with millions; when 
every day we are brought socially, into such 
close and constant contact with o\U' Brethren; 
when, in the most intimate relations with 
others, we tread tlie same pathway for so 
many years, ties of friendship are often form- 
ed which we are constrained to believe shall 
live throxighout eternity. 

Can it be that these ties shall ever be 
severed? AVill not God iu his mercy preserve 
them forever unbroken? In language too 
plain to be mistaken, the Lord declares that 
'"he shall separate them." It is unmistakab- 
ly evident, that a separation is coming. ]Sot 
only so. but we are to understand that some 
of the strongest ties shall be broken. Those 
who seem to have trodden the same i^athway 
in this life, shall be separated. "Then shall 
two lie in the field;" perhaps they are a father 
and son, bound by the strongest tie of filial 
love: perhaps they are Brethren between 
whom exists the warmest of fraternal feeling 
— "the one shall be taken and the other left." 
"Two women shall be grindiug at the mill;" 
perhaps they are a mother and daugh- j 
ter, and who can know a mother's love? — "the | 
one shall be taken and the other left." 

Perhaps there is not one, whose eyes shall i 
fall upon these lines, but that has a father or 
mother, a brother or sister, a son or daughter, 
whom he dearly and ardently loves. Shall 
eternity find us separated from tliose we thus 
love, by an impassable gulf? 

Shall a father or mother, or brother or \ 
sister, or son or daughter, be banished fi'om 
those realms of eternal day? ^That shall be 
mij doom? "Whither am I going? That sep- ' 
aration is coming. O, solemn thought! A 
day which shall fix our eternal doom, and 
none shall escape. j 

How profoundly important that everyone ' 
of us be prepared for the coming of that 
a'n-ful day, for it shall affect the interests of 
every man, liviug or dead! "We shall all 
stand before the judgment seat of Christ." 
"Every one of us shall give account of him- 
self to God." "Before him shall be gathered 
all nations: and he shall sej^arate them one 
from another, as a shepherd divideth his 
sheep from the goats." 

4 "Why shall he separate us? May we not 
say, For tlie simple reason that we have sep- 
arated ourselves? Some of us are doing evil 
and some are trj-ing to do good. The justice 
of infinity, and the variety in ma7i's nature, 
makes this final separation necessary. The 
seed sown in tliis life is to be liai'vested in 
the life to come. Are we not all to V^e xe- 
vravded nrxorf I i/ifj fo rmr irorks? CSee Piev. 
30: 12: Jer. 17: 10, and -32: 19; Matt. 16: 27; 
Piom. 2:6; Ptev. 2: 23, and 22: 12, etc., etc. ) 

If, then, the reward is to be according to 
our works, what are our works, and what 
have they been? If our harvest is to be ac- 
cording to our sowing, what have we been 
sowing? Are we doing all we can do? Per- 

haps Ave could preach Jesus more eloquently 
in our daily lives. Perhaps we could come 
to Jesus more frequently in private devotion. 
Perhaps Ave could utter our prayers Avith 
more faith and fervo]-, and Avitli less stiffness 
and formality. Perhaps AA-e cotild talk more 
to otir neighbors about heaven, and plead 
with them more earnestly to come to Jesus. 
Perhaps Ave could dry more tears, and heal 
more Avounded hearts. Perhaps Ave could 
love one another more. Perhaps we could 
feed more of the hungry and clothe more of 
the poor. 

He shall separate us, because when he was 
hungrj- some of tis gave him meat, and some 
did not; when he was thirsty some of us gave 
him drink, and some did not; Avlien he Avas 
naked some of us clothed him, and some did 
not; when he was sick some of us visited him, 
and some did not; Avhen he Avas in prison 
some of us came unto him, and some did not. 
What, dear reader, nreive doing? 

5. What is involved in this separation 
which is to take place? There are, as Ave 
take it, two aspects fi'om Avhich we may vieAV 
this question. There shall be a bodily sep- 
aration and a moral separation. The former 
shall be the act of the judge himself as, on 
that great day, he sits "upon the throne of 
his glory," and places one class upon the 
right hand, and the other upon the left. 
From the cradle to the grave we may travel 
the same road, and yet Ave may be separated 
in the end. But the latter — the moral separ- 
ation — is an act or series of acts on the part 
of each individual; a resitlt of the freedom of 
choice, with Avhich God created every man. 
The fij'st illustration Avhich we have of this 
in human history, is in the lives of Cain and 
Abel. As soon as one chose to do right, 
and the other chose to do Avrong, they be- 
came separated. When we thus separate 
ourseh'es, or allow ourselves to become sep- 
arated by sin, it only remains for the Judge 
upon the last day to announce to hien and 
angels the decision, Avhich we have Avrought 
out for ourselves. 

But does this separation mean nothing 
more than that one class is to be placed upon 
the right hand of the Judge, and the other 
upon the left: that one class is to be merely 
designated as "sheej)," and the other as 
"goats?" Let us see if there is not more sig- 
nificance attached to it than this. Ah! there 
is. To the one class the Judge shall say, 
"Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
kingdom prepared for you." To the other 
class he shall say, "Depart from me, ye 
cursed, into everlasting fire." The Avicked 
"shall go away into everlasting punishment; 
but the righteous into life eternal." 

To the one class this separation means 
glory, honor, immortality, God, Christ, heaven 
and angels. To the other class it means 
eternal shame, degradation, death, remorse, 
Aveex>ing and gnaslung of teeth. 

AAvful Avill be the consequences of that 
sej^aration, if Ave are not found Avatching! 
Shall that day Avitness the sejjaration of 
father and son, mother and daughter, brother 
and sister? Oh! Avhf) Avould Avant to hear 
the shrieks of desj^air, and the cries of an- 

guish? HoAv much Ave should prefer to 
listen to the angelic choruses, as they wel- 
come the saints into the celestial city! Ah! 
that shall be a day of mingled emotions. 
Shall it, my brother, my sister, bring joy to 
us, or shall it bring sorroAVS ? Shall Ave, as 
unbroken families, ejiter the city ? 

Oh! AA'hy maybe not be aroused to great- 
er earnestness and zeal in the Master's 
cause? O, ye fathers, can you not pray more 
fervently, plead more earnestly, and work 
more zealously for the salvation of your Avay- 
ward sons ? Will you go on without an effort, 
and see them banished forever from the 
presence of God? O, ye Christian mothers, 
are you praying, and pleading, and Aveeping, 
and Avorking for the salvation of that daugh- 
ter, who is yetaAA^ay from Jesus? Can you 
give her up forever, and see her hurled into 
everlasting darkness and misery? 

Sisters, Avhat are you doing for your god- 
less brother? Brethren, what are you doing 
for your unsaved neighbors? Do you want 
to see them saved ? Can you not do more 
for their salvation? And, ye parents, how 
about that family altar? Do you collect your 
children about it daily, and pray Avith, and 
for them ? Hoav old do you allow them to 
grow before you teach them that there is a 
God and a Savior? How early do you teach 
them to lisp their evening prayer? 

Can you notdcAase some means to get them 
a little nearer to Jesus; to create in them a 
greater love for God and his truth? Let 
CA^eryone of us examine otirselves and our 
works in the light of God's Avord, and in view 
of the account AA'e must render iu that awful 



'•Wc speak of the realms of the blest, 
That country so bright and so fair; 
And oft are its glories confessed, 
But what must it be to be there." 

Did you ever read lines more beautiful 
than these? Did you ever read a portrayed 
thought that animated you so much, as this 
beautiful verse that Ave sometimes sing? To 
the Christian it is full of interest; it buoys 
him up; it cheers him during his pilgrimage, 
and though the last line is a question that 
can never be ansAvered until Ave have crossed 
the river of death, it is that, that shall keep 
us Avaiting; it is that, that shall elicit our 
energies toAvard preparing ourselves for the 
realms of the blest. 

Why is it that Ave speak of those regions? 
Because Ave read of them here and there. 
From the beginning to the end of God's Book, 
Ave find beautiful thoughts touching upon 
our theme. . In fact, the Avhole Book is — Ave 
might say — a book of Heaven. Ah! dear 
brethi'en and sisters, Avell can Ave sing of the 
realms of the blest, for there is Avhere Ave 
hope to make (mr future home. That is the 
place we are striving for. That is the place 
we are trying to induce others to join in, and 
go with us. 

AVhen Jesus, the Son of God, ascended un- 
to Heaven, he said, "I go to prepare a place 

Feb. 15, 1887. 



for yoii." Let me say to you, To-day tliat 
place is prepared and inAvaitiiig. Be faith- 
ful; strive to keep your armor bright. Be 
steadfast until the end, which is at hand to 
some who may read this, and when you have 
crossed that tide, yoii will have entered the 
realms of the blest. 

To all that are in the world, l^otli Jews 
and Gentiles, I will say, It was for this pur- 
pose and no other, you were created. That 
beautiful country that stands over the way, 
was prepared for all, but only those thatpre- 
pai'e themselves can enter. You can only lie- 
come a citizen after you have served your time 
ou earth in accordance to God's divine will. 
Since it costs no money, we can only say it is 
cheaj). It is very cheap when we take in 
consideration, as we should, all that bears 
upon both sides ; we exclaim with confiding 
assurance, that the cost is nothing compared 
with the reAvard it i^urchases. 

What is our life here on earth? It is of 
short duration and quickly passes away; is 
full of pain, troubles and anxieties. Sorrow 
often causes the tear to fall unbidden, and we 
feel, perhaps, somewhat like poor old Job. 
But over there, — O! over there, in the realms 
of the blest, we Avill have no more pain, no 
more sickness nor sorroAv, — no more death; 
and the best of all, — no more sin. 

Not only for a short duration, but for 
eternity, Avill that life be. After quadrillions 
of years, perhaps, have passed aAvay, we 
have just as long a time to stay in those 
blissful regions, as when we first passed 
through "that beautiful golden gate." How 
much more than grand, is all this! "But what 
must it be to be there?" 

Those who have enlisted in man's high- 
est duty to himself and God, should be 
faithful, — diligent to the end, and when 
the few days of life, with its alternate 
days of poor enjoyment and deep sorroAvs 
are over, may the God of Heaven and earth ' 
receive all unto him ! ! 

Those Avho are yet out in the Avorld try- | 
ing to sail the stream of time without that 
SURE Pilot, should come. God says. Come. ! 
The Lamb says. Come, and angels are in- 
viting, and ready to receiA^e you." \ 

3£f. IfornS, III \ 


pear below the horizon. When the savages, brightness came from the same cause that 

accompanied by their chief and his daugh- makes Mars and Venus to shine with superi- 

ter, came on the scene, they felt the limbs of or brightness in the evening sky, oAving to 

the missionary, and evidently thought that their nearness to the great luminary. Stu- 

in him Avas material for a good dinner. The 
daughter ran her fingers through the long, 
silky hair of the lady, who, impelled by 
Christian love, dreAv the girl to her, and im- 
l^rinted a kiss upon her lips. That natural 
act Avon the heart of the chief's daughter. 
For three days the debate on eating the mis- 
sionary Avent on, and at last Avas decided in 

pendous Saturii and ponderous Neptune 
shine but dimly, in comparison to them, be- 
cause of their greater distance from the light 
giver. The great Avant of these times is 
more men and Avomen Avho live near to God. 
It is not for fitful, spasmodic efforts, but for 
the steady poAver of Christians Avho draAv the 
sinning and suffering croAvd toAvard Christ, 

the negative, by the pleading eloquence of j by a faithful observance of all his command- 

tlie chief's favorite child. 

The missionaries lived long enough to see 
the people of that island so changed by their 
labors as to send out missionaries to other 
islands, which were still in heathen darkness. 
Thus, that little act of love Avas the means, 
under God, of disarming a savage people, and 
of rescuing them from a state of barbarism. 

If all professed ministers, missionaries 
and Christians Avere impelled by Christian 
love, and would look to God for protection, 
Avar Avould move back before the advance of 
peace; heathen darkness Avould disappear be- 
fore the presence of Christian light and 

ments. The lifting poAver of the church is 
in direct proportion to her nearness to the 
source of light, life and power. 

Cheeufdlness. — A merry or cheerful coun- 
tenance Avas one of the things Avhich Jeremy 
Taylor said his enemies and persecutors 
could not take aAvay from him. There are 
some persons who spend their lives in this 
Avorld as they Avoidd spend their time shxit up 
i in a dungeon. Everything is gloomy and 
! forbidding. They go mourning from day to 
day, they have so little, and constantly anx- 
ious lest what little they have should escape 

truth, and Avhere infidelity now rears its head i ^^^^ ^, ^j^g^^. ^^^^^^^^^ r^^^^ ^^^^^.^ ^^^^ ..p^^ 

amid the ruins of a fallen and decayed Chris 
tianity, the eternal jDrinciples of truth, and 
right, and peace Avould stand triumphant — a 
living monument of the power of love in ov- 
ercoming evil with good. 



the dark side, and can never enjoy the good 
that is present, for the evil that is to come. 
This is not religion. Eeligion makes the 
heart cheerful and Avhen its large and benevo- 
lent principles are exercised, men Avill be 
happy in spite of themseh^es. The industri- 
ous bee does not stoj) to complain that there 
are so many poisonous flowers and thorny 
branches in the road, but buzzes on, selecting 
the honey Avhere he can find it and passing 
quietly by the places where it is not. There 
is enough in this v.'orld to complain about 
and find fault with, if men have the disposi- 
tion. We often travel on a hard and uneven 
road; but Avith a cheerful spirit and a heart 
to praise God for his mercies, Ave may Avalk 
therein in great comfort, and come to the end 


"Neaeee, my God, to thee," should in spir- 
it and truth be the song of the Christian. 1. 
Because living near to Jesus insures abun- 
dant supplies of spiritual strength. No 
Christian can live upon an old experience or 
an old promise made to God years ago. New 
conflicts require neAV supplies, new strength; 

and these are more readily obtained near the ! '^"^ ^^^^. ^^^^^.^^^^ ^^^ pg^,^ 
fountain. Says Jehovah, "Draw nigh unto 
me and I Avill draw nigh unto you." 

2. Because the nearer to Jesus the greater 
the safety. The soldier Avho, on the march, 
keeps right up in the ranks, and behind the 
ramparts during the assault, is comparative- 
ly safe; while stragglers are picked up by the 



me a calm and thankful heart, 
From every murmer free I 
blessings of thy grace impart, 
And make me lix'e to thee. 

"Overcome evil with good." — Rom. i2: 21. j 

It is related that a traveler, on his return ' 
from the South Sea Islands, described his 
narroAv escape from the cannibals, and the \ 
wretched state of the inhabitants of those j 
far-away isles of the sea. The narratiA^e, in- 
stead of deterring others from going there, I 
actually stimulated a man and his Avife to go ! 
and engage in missionary labor among them. 
They embarked upon a merchant vessel, and 
Avhen near their destination, they induced 
the captain to put them ashore at a time when 
none of the inhabitants Avere visible. 

Seating themselves on a box that contained 
all their earthly possessions, they Avatched 
the ship spread its white wings and disap- 

enemy. To this class belong the disgraceful 
desertions and shameful falls of those Avhose 
names Avere on the church book, Avhile their 
hearts are at vanity fair. While Ave keep 
near to God, there is no more necessitj^ for 
backsliding than for SAvalloAving arsenic. 

Various Ways. — There is no one way in 
Avhich v,^e are to do Christian Avork. Not 
more diA-erse are the countenances of men 
than their disi)ositions and tastes, and the 
character of their Avork Avill be according to 
these. And it is Avell it is so. There would 
be a tiresome monoto:iy in the Avorld if it 
Avere going on in the sing-song way of un- 

The Laodiceans Avere once healthy, happy : varied uniformity and its life Avould inevit- 

Christians. They ceased to live near to God, 
and were speAved out. After Peter folloAved 
Jesus afar ofp, it Avas not long until he lied 
about him; and cursed and SAvore he did not 
knoAV him. 

3. Because the nearer to God the brighter 
our light for others. We have seen very 
plain j)eople whose spiritual influence was 
out of all f)roportion to their talents, culture 
or social advantages. They Avere not j)eri- 
odical lights, but constant burners, — burn- 
ing Avith a steady lustre. Their superior 

ably tend toAvards dullness and torpor. 

Function of Thought. The eleA-ation 
of man is to be sought, or rather consists, 
first in force of thought exerted for the ac- 
quisition of truth. Thought is the funda- 
mental distinction of mind, and the great 
work of life. All that a man does outward- 
ly is but the expression and comj^letion of 
his inward thought. To work efl"ectually, 
he must think clearly ; to act nobly, lie must 
think nobly. 



Feb. 15, 1887. 


BV M. M. E. 

Paper Thj-ee. 

"Moreover, ihoii son of man, take thee one stick, and 
write upon it. For Juiiah. and for the children of Israel 
his companions: then take another stick, and write up- 
on it. For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the 
liouse of Israel liis companions: and join them one to 
another into one stick; and thev shall become one in 
thine hand." — Ezek. 37: 16, 17. B. C. 5S7. 

"Whzx a detective desires to tind a crimi- 
nal, he lii'st endeavors to ascertain an exact 
description of his man— his age, -weiglit, com- 
plexion, color of hair and eyes, and then all 
cii-cnmstances of the crime and the futm-e 
movements of the criminal are studied with 
care, so that he may knoT\- his man from all 
others in the world, and find him wherever 
he may conceal himself. So in hunting "lost 
Israel;"" every item relating to his identity 
must be sought ont — every fiber in the great 
web must be examined — every lodging-place 
— every monument must be scrutinized with 
minuteness. If we can find the photograph 
of Israel since his esile from Palestine, Ave 
may then hoije to ascertain his whereabouts. 

Where shall we look for Israel? Let us 
call up Jeremiah: 

"For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord 
of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, 
and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more 
serve themselves of him: but they shall serve the Lord 
their God. and David their king, whom I will raise up 
unto them." — Jcr. 30: S, 9. 

The ijoke of the heathen shall be broken 
off the neck of Israel, and the strangers shall 
no more hold them as seiwants. But ivhen? 
Hear Isaiah : 

■•Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the peo- 
ple renew their strength: let them come near; then let 
them speak: let us come near together to judgment. 
Who raised up the righteous man from the cast, called 
him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made 
him rule over kings.- he gave them as the dust to his 
sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. He pursued 
Ihim. and passed safely; even by the way that he had 
not gone with his feet. Who hath wrought and done 
it, calling the generations from the beginning.' I the 
Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he. The isles 
saw it. and feared: the ends of the earth were afraid, 
drew near, and came." 

2S ow we have something from this notable 
prophet concerning the silence of the islands. 
Long were the British Isles silent, and dur- 
ing that quietude they renewed their strength 
and came near. Being near, they speak. 
The righteous man "from the east" is none 
other than Jeremiah himself, who fled from 
Jerusalem at its captivity by Nebuchadnez- 
zar, and took ship, to the British Isles. But 
more of this in a separate article. 

"Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from 
the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all 
that is therein ; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof." — 
Isa. 42: 10: also 49: I : Gen. 28: 14. 

The isles and the people thereof were to 
raise the melody of song unto the Lord, even 
the end of the earth. Great Britain is not 
only on islands, but those islands are the end 
of the earth to the west of Canaan. 

But let us rest here a moment and take a 
look backward to Canaan. Not every man 
and woman was taken captive to Assyria. 

Some time after the twelve tribes had been 
settled in Canaan, Dan found his possessions 
; too narrow for him; hence he pushed out for 
: more land. Jacob said he "'shall be a ser- 
' pent," "an adder in the path," biting the 
horses" heels, causing their riders to fall 
baclcAvards. He bit many heels and conquer- 
ed. He was located in the extreme northern 
part of Canaan. When he increased he took 
the city of Laish, and on its ruins built a city 
and called it Dent. This branch of Dan was 
carried away to Assyria, to the river Gozan; 
but Dan on the old homestead by tlie sea 
mostly remained. But tliej'^ were in danger 
of the Cutheans that were brought into the 
country by Shalmaneser. To Judah they 
could not go, for they were enemies. What, 
then, should he do? 

Now, it is known that Dan along the sea 
■ was a mariner. Judges 5: 17. In Solomon's 
time Dan and the Phoenecians brought Un 
from Brittany, now Cornwall, England, for 
the use of Solomon in making vessels for the 
temple. He was thus familiar with the Brit- 
ish Isles, and the countries along the Medi- 
terranean Sea. He undoubtedly left some of 
his people in those new countries. History 
maintains that Dan assisted in capturing 
! Troy; that he also conquered Macedonia, and 
that Alexander, the Great, probably descend- 
ed from this tribe. It is further asserted 
that after the taking of Troy, Dan built 
j twelve cities in that region. Josephus claims 
j that the Lacedemonians were the descendants 
I of the Jews. See Antici. 12: 4, 10, and 13: 8, 

It would be reasonable to conclude that 
j Dan, the mariner, when in danger in his own 
country, would flee in his ships into a new 
land. Tradition maintains that he did so 
! flee; that he sailed through the Great, or 
i Mediterranean Sea, into the Atlantic, and, by 
j a storm, was carried to the coast of Norway 
(B. C. 720), but this country not suiting him, 
he sailed towards the setting sun, and finally 
landed on the northern coast of Ireland. A 
' remnant of the tribe of Simeon was with him. 
j These Dan placed over on the coast of Scot- 
land, where he remained for a short time, 
then went to the country now called Wales. 
But Dan remained in the north of Ireland, 
where we shall look for him again. He cer- 
tainly pursued a serpentine course as predict- 
ed by Jacob. 


That part of Dan around Laish was taken 
away to Assyria with the other tribes. He 
could not rest, so he must hunt up his broth- 
er who dwelt on ships. Being a good pio- 
neer and a rambler, he, in God's time, moves 
north and west from Armenia towards the 
Black Sea. His brethren move on after him. 
On and on he goes, leaving marks behind 
him for his kindred, the other nine tribes, to 
follow him. Having no railways nor steam- 
ships, his progi-ess was slow; God did not 
hurry him. He crossed the Caucasus moun- 
tains, then came to a river that enters the 
sea of Azof. He called the river Dan, now 
Don. He finally pitched his tent, after 
journeying in a crooked way 1500 miles, at 
Arsareth on the north-west coast of the 

Black Sea. This was probably 500 B. C. 
Here he was joined by his brethren, and find- 
ing another river in his territory, he named 
it Dwiiesier, noAv known as Dniester. To 
the west, also flowing into the Black Sea, he 
discovered another mighty river, and named 
it Danube, that is, Dan's multitude. 

Israel, B. C. 500, found themselves in a 
fruitful country, bounded on the east by the 
river Dan, or Don, on the soutli by the Black 
Sea, on the west by the river Danube, and 
on the north by "a low range of hills, extend- 
ing nearly to the Baltic Sea," — a country 
with an area of 250,000 scj^uare miles. It has 
ever been regarded as the most prolific coun- 
try in Europe. Here they sojourned about 
500 years, or until the birth of Christ. 

As proof of their residence in this country 
I offer the following: 

"There are toii!lis/o?ies now in tlie museum at St. Pet- 
ersburg, which were discovered in the Crimea, and 
which leave no doubt on the subject. The dates on 
these stones are given, and the inscriptions are as fol- 
lows: (i) 'This is the tombstone of Baki, the son of Iz- 
chak, the priest. Maj' his rest be in Eden at the time 
of the salvation of Israel. In the year 702 of our exile.' 
(2) 'Rabbi Moses Levi, died in the 3'ear 726 of our ex- 
ile.' (3) 'Zadok the Levite, son of Moses, died 4000 aft- 
er creation, 785 of our exile' Could there be a more 
striking coincidence than that afforded by the evidence 
of these tombstones, three in number.'"'- — E. P. Ingcr- 
soU, Lost Israel Found. 

Herodotus, the historian, says that about 
438 B. C. the Sc uths "extended their domin- 
ion to the eastern side of the Kimmerian 
Bosphorus, or Straits of Yenckaleh." From 
393 to 353 B. C, the corn trade of the Souths 
rose to a great height. On one occasion they 
shipi)ed 3,150,000 bushels from one port on 
the Black Sea to Athens. About B. C. 113, 
their battles Avith the Komans began. The 
Roman General, Carbo, attacked them at 
great advantage, but was terribly defeated. 
A storm arising saA^ed the Roman army from 
complete destruction, says Mommsen. The 
Kimbri, or Israelites, might have taken 
Rome then, but an unseen hand held them 
back for a Avise purpose. 

Three years after, they came into Southern 
Gaul, noAv France, and besought the Romans 
to settle there peaceably, but this request 
was rejected, and the Roman General, Sila- 
nus, Avas sent to attack them. He Avas de- 
feated, and the Roman camp captured. "The 
remnants of Jacob" had again "gone through, 
trodden doAvn, and torn in pieces, and there 
was none to deliver." Micah 5: 8. 



There are many touching stories in the 
Bible, but the one related by our blessed 
Savior, Avhen he says, "Eoxes have holes, and 
the birds of the air have nests, but the Sou 
of Man hath not where to lay his head," is 
pathetic in the extreme. Truly, a sad thought, 
that he who owned "the cattle upon a thou- 
sand hills" should be homeless! Surely 
there never was such condescension! He 
Avas "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with 
grief," suffered as a man, Avas persecuted, 
mocked, spit upon, and wandered about 

Feb. 15, 1887. 



homeless as he filled his mission — doing 
good. The grandest personage that ever 
walked the earth without a home! In these 
days of hurry and bustle, when the desire to 
be rich and great is so strong, let us pause a 
moment and view the homeless one, travel- 
ing up and down the valleys of Judea, and 
perhaps we will see something in that sub- 
lime character worthy of imitation. Could 
we take more time to meditate upon the con- 
descension of him Avho did so much for us, 
we would live diiferent lives, and be greater 
powers for good in the world. Our aim and 
object should ever be to become more like 
our Divine Pattern, and be lights in the 
world. All our earthly possessions, be they 
little or much, should be consecrated to him, 
who, Avhile here on earth, had not where to 
lay his weary head. 

" 'Twas night-fall on Judea's hills; 
The busy sounds of work were still, 
The shepherd from the fold had gone 
And sought his rest at home till dawn ; 
The pale new moon had hardly set 
Behind the brow of Olivet, 
When slowly toiling up the steep 
Came One who often came to weep 
O'er Man and all his woes. 

"The crowd had left Him— they had homes; 
The beggar, even, M'ho all day roams 
In search of charity', had some shed 
Where he could creep and hiy his head. 
But far upon that mountain height 
Was One who knelt and prayed all night; 
The dews fell cold upon his brow, 
Bent low in supplication now! 

"He had no spot called home on earth, 
He could not share in song or mirth; 
He knew the bitter grief and pain 
That must be his, ere he could gain 
Redemption for lost, ruined man. 
The courts and mansions of the skies 
Were his, but he himself denies, 
That he our woes and sins might feel, 
And by his stripes mankind might heal. 

"Though wearied with his toil all day 
Beneath the burning noon-tide's ray, 
Night brought no rest to him, no home; 
He knelt and prayed with heaven's blue dome 
Stretched far above his wearv head, 
And this for thee! for thee were shed 
His blood and tears, which cleanse from sin, 
And make us blest and pure within. 
Oh! thou who longst for rest above! 
Weary of all thy wandering here ; 
Take courage; rest upon his love; 
In all thy grief he bore a share." 

FanneUsburg, Pa. 



"For what the law could not do, in tiiat it was weak 
through the flesh." — Rom. 8:3. 

When we read the epistle to the Koman 
church, it is very evident that she also had 
her troubles in her infancy, with such men 
that crept in among them, and taught them 
to be circumcised, and to do the Avorks of the 
law to be saved. Paul had a great desire to 
go and visit them, and preacli to them at 
Rome also, as well as to other Gentiles, that 
he might more fully establish them in the 
faith, but he was hindered from time to time. 
Hence we have the reason for his long epis- 
tle to them, in which he uses every reasona- 

ble argument to set them right, and to con- 
! firm them in the faith of the gospel of Jesus 
: Christ. 

! Reason first, "Thou that makest thy boast 
of the law, through breaking the law dishon- 
ourest thou God? For the name of God is 
blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, 
as it is written: For circumcision verily 
profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be 
a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is 
made uncircumcision." Paul clearly sets be- 
fore them that uncircumcision takes the pref- 
erence of circumcision, when the gospel is 
practiced in the former, while only the works 
of the law in the latter. 

Paul's second reason is, "That by the deeds 
of the law there shall no fiesh be justified in 
their sight; for by the law is the knowledge 
of sin. But now the righteousness of God 
Avithout the law is manifested, being witness- 
ed by the laAv and the i^rophets; even the 
righteousness of God Avhich is by faith of 
Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that 
believe; for there is no difference." Hence 
all boasting of the works of the law is ex- 
cluded by the law of faith. And "therefore 
we conclude that a man is justified by faith 
without the deeds of the laAv" 

Paul's third reason is the faith Avhich Ab- 
raham had in God Avhile uncircumcised. He 
staggered not at the promise of God through 
unbelief, but Avas strong in faith, giving glo- 
ry to God. "And therefore it was imputed 
to him for righteousness. Noav it Avas not 
written for his sake alone, that it Avas imput- 
ed to him ; but for us also, to whom it shall 
be imputed, if Ave believe on him that raised 
up Jesus, our Lord, from' the dead." 

His fourth argument is to shoAv to them 
the whole intent of the laAV, that it Avas nev- 
er intended by its works to justify them be- 
fore God, but only to bring the knowledge of 
sin to the people, that they might be able to 
comprehend the sinfulness of sin in the flesh, 
for we hear him say in the seventh chapter, 
that he would not have knoAvn sin but by the 

In his fifth argument he sets forth the 
weakness of the laAv, to convince them that 
man's redemption and justification Avas not 
obtained by the works of the laAv, as some of 
them claimed, but Paul says, in Rom. 8: 3, 
"For Avhat the laAv could not do, in that it 
Avas Aveak through the flesh." This phraseol- 
ogy is neA^er very clear to my mind. How 
the laAv Avas Aveak through the flesh, is, and 
ahvays was, a question with me. The law Avas 
given by God, and had its intended power. 
The next question is, How could the flesh 
affect the law or make it AA'eak? The law 
was only added on account of transgressions, 
till the seed should come, Avhich is Christ. 
For it Avas only a school-master to bring us 
to Christ, and Avas not intended to make the 
keeper of the law perfect. It Avas only to 
govern the outer man, and correct the errors 
of the body,— the flesh. It could not make 
him, that did the service of that laAv, perfect, 
as pertaining to the conscience; but by the 
laAV men obtained the knowledge of sin, and 
and it Avas too Aveak to justify man before 

Noav this is all very plain, but Paul's lan- 
guage remains still unanswered. What ef- 
fect could the flesh have i;pon the laAv to 
make it weak through the flesh? If 
Paul had said, For what the laAv could not 
do, because of the fleshly weakness of its 
Mediator, that stood between God and the 
people of Israel, as Moses himself was im- 
perfect, Aveak in the flesh, he could not han- 
dle or bring over a perfect laAv; one that was 
faultless. "For the law made nothing per- 
fect." But did the Aveakness of Moses affect 
the laAV? is a question. "For there is verily 
a disannulling of the commandment going 
before for the AA^eakness and unprofitableness 
thereof. For the laAv made nothing perfect, 
but the bringing in of a better hojje did, by 
which we draw nigh unto God. For if that 
first covenant had been faultless, then should 
no place have been sought for the second." 

When Ave gather up all of Paul's reason- 
ing iipon the subject under consideration, we 
observe that the first covenant also had ordi- 
nances of divine service, and a worldly sanc- 
tuary, which Avas a figure for the time then 
present, in which were offered both gifts and 
sacrifices, that could not make him that did 
the service perfect, as pertaining to the con- 
science, Avhicli stood only in meats and 
drinks, and divers Avashings, and carnal or- 
dinances, imposed on them until the time of 
reformation. "But Christ being come, a high 
priest of good things to come, by a greater 
and more i^erfect tabernacle, not made Avitli 
hands, neither by the blood of goats and 
calves, but by his OAvn blood entered in 
once into the holy place, having obtained 
eternal redemption for us." 

For this cause he is the Mediator of the 
New Testainent, that by means of death, for 
the redemption of the transgressions that 
Avere under the first testament, "they Avhich 
are called might receive the promise of eter- 
nal inheritance." 

From the above we see the contrast be- 
tween the two hiAvs, or coA^enants, as Avell as 
between the two mediators. The first cove- 
nant Avas dedicated by its mediator, "by the 
sprinkling of the blood of calves and goats, 
Avith Avater and scarlet avooI and hj'ssop," 
while the second was dedicated by its medi- 
ator by his OAvn blood, by a perfect offering 
made once for all, and not by a fallible medi- 
ator, but by a perfect one that could handle 
and deliver unto us a perfect laAv. This 
seems to be about the sum of Paul's reason- 
ing in his epistles to the Romans and He- 
breAvs, from which these thoughts are gath- 
ered. And Avhile, in the apostolic age, some 
were ready to believe that they must do the 
works of the Mosaic Liav to be saA'ed, and 
Paul taught them so differently, and told 
them that they must become justified by 
faith jn the Lord Jesus Christ, Avithout the 
works of the laAv, some, in our time, go to 
the other extreme, and say Ave can be saved 
by faith only, Avithout doing the commands of 
the gospel, given and exemi^lified by Christ. 

Ahilenc, Kan. 

If thou desirest to be borne Avith, tliou 
must also bear Avith others. 



Feb. 15, 1887. 

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at $1.50 per annum. 

Bi;o. J. T. FiDDLEi!, of the Salem church, 
Montgomery Co., Ohio, writes that Bro. A. 
, Hutchison was with them, holding meetings, 
I and that five had been baptized. 

D. L. JUl-LER. 


Office Editor 

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Feb. 15. 1887. 

Br.o. D. M. Clapper's address will be Dun- 
kirk. Ohio, in the future. 

Bro. Hope and family, now in Ames, Iowa, 
will start for Kansas in a few days. 

The good work prospers in Sweden. Two 
were added to the church recently by bap- 

Bed. H. H. Beubaker changes his address 
from Camden to "West Alexander, Preble Co., 

At a recent meeting held in the Hunting- 
ton church, Huntington Co., Ind., two were 
added by baptism. 

Bro. J. H. AVeight is expected to begin a 
series of meetings at Adamsboro', Cass Co., 
Ind.. on the ISth inst. 

The Brethren at "West Branch, Ogle Co., 
HI., expect to begin a series of meetings in 
the near future. 

The meetings at Lanark closed on Sunday, 
the 6th inst. During the mefetings three 
were received by baptism. 

In the rei;ort of money received for the 
General Mission Fund, read Yellow Creek, 
111., instead of Yellow Creek, Pa. 

At last accounts Bro. Hedrick was hold- 
ing meetings at Milledge\-ille, HI. We have 
no report of the meetings at this writing. 

Biio. Daniel Yanimajs says: "There were j 
oolo baptisms reported in the Messengek ; 
during the year 1886, according to my count- 
ing-" i 

Bro. a. H. Puterbaugh, of Osw^ego, Ind., 
says. "Just recently closed a very interesting 
meeting at Hock Bun, Elkhart Co., Ind., with 
nine additions. I came home on account of 
the sickness of my daughter, but she is now- 
well again." 

We are out of the following tracts: "Feet- 
washing," by J. F. Ebersole; "Treatise on 
Trine Immersion," by LeAvis W. Teeter, and 
"One Faith Yindicated," by M. M. Eshelman. 
Probably the Tract Committee will issue new 
editions of these tracts. 

The Brethren at Naperville are now hold- 
ing a series of meetings, at least they expect- 
ed to begin them on the 7th inst. Bro. W. 
S. Toney, of Indiana, was expected to assist 
them. They extend an invitation to all to 
come and enjoy the meeting wdth them. 

Bro. David Emmert, of the Orphans' 
Home at Huntingdon, Pa., sent out a request 
for a Thanksgiving ofPering for the Home. 
Up to Jan. 5, $1580.69 had been received. 
This amount was sent in as a free-will offer- 
ing, and it shows that the Orphans' Home 
has many w^arm friends. May the Lord's 
blessing rest upon the good work. 

BPiO. Egyee reports that the Chicago mis- 
sion is again in good working order. Meet- 
ings wall be held regularly, in the future, on 
the first and third Sunday in each month, in 
room No. 2, 195 La Salle Street. Brethren 
visiting the city are invited to attend. By 
making inquiry at the Albaugh House, No. 
268 State Street, information may be had of 
Bro. Eoyer's whereabouts, when he is in the 

The intoxicants consumed in this country 
cost more than two million dollars a day, 
which is more than the entire sum spent for 
bread and meat combined; and more than 
the cost of all woolen and cotton goods, boots 
and shoes, and sugar and molasses used. 
This enormous sum is worse than wasted, 
for it brings untold misery to thousands of 
homes. Who will say, after examining the 
drink habit in this country, that a reforma- 
tion is not greatly needed? 

Bro. C. Biglek, of Webster, Darke Co., O., 
would like verj- much to have the address of 
Bro. George Blackleach. Who will send it 
to him? 

We have just printed 6000 copies of "The 
House We Live In," in the Danish language, 
and expect to get out a like number in the 
Swedish tongue. 

Beg. W. H. Bowser, of North Hampton, ■ 
O., says: "Bro. Teeter, of Hagerstown, Ind., i 
was "\vith us Jan. 29, and preached for us on ' 
Sunday. Three were received by baptism," 

Within the last six months three terrible 
railroad accidents have occurred in this coun- 
try, in which over 100 people lost their lives. 
The one terrible feature about all of them 
has been that a number of helpless victims 
have been burned to death. In the last ac- 
cident, in Yermont, it is said that over forty 
lives were lost, and the bodies of nearly all 
were burned and charred beyond recognition. 
It would seem that the railroad comi)anies 
might adoj^t some plan of heating their cars 
that would j>revent these terrible holocausts 
in case of accident. Unless an effort in this 
direction is made, many people will hesitate 
about traveling during the Avinter inontlis, 
when fii'e is necessary. 

Many people there are in the Avorld, who 
Avill have their own way, let the result be as it 
may; and sometimes a few of this class get 
into tlie church. They always bring trouble 
with them. Everything goes right so long as 
it goes according to their notion, but cross 
their paths and the trouble begins at once. It 
is hard for a self-willed man to be a good 

Never before in the history of the chiirch 
has there been so much effort made to spread 
the gospel of truth. And it appears that the 
greater the efforts to fill the calls for the 
preaching of the gospel, the more the calls 
multiply. This only shows that the Lord is 
blessing the w^ork, and it should incite us all 
to put forth more energy than ever, to have 
the gospel preached, especially to those who 
are calling for it. 

John B. Gough, the great temperance lec- 
turer, requested that the following words 
might be cut on his monximent: 

"I can desire nothing better for this great country, 
than that a barrier high as heaven should-be raised be- 
tween the tmpolluted lips of the children, and the into.'c- 
icating cup; that everywhere men and women shotild 
raise strong and determined hands against w^hat will ev- 
er defile the bod^', pollute the mind or harden the lieart 
aarainst God and his triTth." 

Just now we are receiving a great many 
essays, many more than w^e can publish. 
After a while, Avlien warm weather comes, 
w^e shall not have so many, and then we can 
publish some of the surplus. We ask our 
corres]Dondents to be patient; and if your 
essays do not appear at once, do not conclude 
that they have gone into the waste-basket. 
We ask those who send in items of church 
news to be brie|. 

Beo. Francis Burrow, of Waynesville, 
Mo., says, "I have Avaited for some one to tell 
of our good meeting at this place, last fall, 
but others have failed, and I Avill give you 
the good news. Brethren Mason and Hol- 
derman Avere with us, and five came out on 
the Lord's side. The cloud that hung over 
our little church has gone, and we are now 
enjoying the highest sunlight of God's grace. 
We ask an interest in the i)rayers of God's 

The meetings at Silver Creek, near this 
place, Avhich commenced tAvo Aveeks ago, are, 
at this writing, Feb. 11, still in progress. Bro. 
J. C. Murray lias been laboring most faith- 
fully for the conversion of sinners, and .the 
Lord has blessed the w^ork. Eleven have been 
received by baptism, tAvo reclaimed, and 
others are deeply impressed Avith the import- 
ance of giving God their hearts. It is to be 
hoped that they Avill not put off their return 
too long. Among those baptized Avere all of 
Bro. John Long's children, four in number. 
It may be said that Bro. John and all his 
house have been baptized, and that among 
them there Avere no infants. Noav this entire 
family may sit together at the Lord's table 
and enjoy fully t)ie blessings that come to 
those Avho serve the Lord. May they at last 
secure, as an unbroken family, a home in the 
mansions aboA'e,. 


Feb. 15, 1887. 



Am I giving my portion to the M'ork of the 
Lord? This is a question, every one should 
take into his heart and answer it in the light 
of God's Word. If we give as the Lord pros- 
pers us, then are we clear. If not, the charge 
against us, in the end, may be, that we have 
kept back the Lord's portion, and tlien, if we 
are guilty, how shall we answer? May the 
Lord help us to do our duty in this, as well 
as in all else pertaining to his service. 

Bro. Isaac AYagoner, of Owasco, Ind., 
wishes to warn the Brethren against an eld- 
erly woman, v^ho represents that she is a 
member of the church. She is rather tall, 
dresses plainly, and is about seventy-six years 
old. She gave her name as Mattie Deal. 
This may be the same woman who sometime 
ago represented that she was the sister of 
Bro. S. S. Mohler. Brethren will please 
make a note of this, so that they be not de- 

The Helping Hands v/ill hereafter appear 
mojithly. Bro. Emmert, in the last issue, 
gives the following incident: 

"Bread on the v.ater." It was found. Shall I tell 
you? Long months we had toiled, \vriting and mail- 
ing Helping Haiids^ often after others were in bed, and 
a full day's work was done. Do you think we ever 
stopped and asked, "What is the use.'"' Yes, we did. 
Then one day came a letter from a gentleman v.-hose 
name we had never heard. The letter was addressed 
simply, ^'■Hrlfing Hiiiids^ Huntingdon, Pa.," arid in it 
was a check for a nice sum — well, I will tell you, $50. 
This good man Avould not allow us to mention his 
•name, but said, when his dear- wife passed awa}', she 
asked hinj to send something to the Home. One day, 
when in the great city where he lives, we went to see 
him. We told him who we were, and where we were 
from, then we were acquainted. We also told him we 
were anxious to learn how he came to know of the 
Home. "Well," said he, "it was through a little paper 
called Hclfinff Hands, Avhich brought to mv home 
by a nurse. Through it we became interested in the 
Home, and will, if prospered in business, continue to 
remember it." That Avas years ago. Every Christ- 
mas since the same gentleman has sent to the children 
of the Home a big box of candy, and at different times 
checks for nice sums of monej-. His last check was for 
the Thanksgiving offering, $25. This is one instance; 
we could name others, and these are reasons we feel 
like continuing the paper. Don't you think we shouldij 


Concerning Siimers' Praying.- The Meaning of 
"Sprinkling" in Ezekiel's Prophecy. 

Edilor of /iic d'os/cl Messenger, 

Dear Sir: — A few days since we heard a con- 
troversy between two gentlemen concerning God's 
promise to sinners, one of whom asserted that God has 
promised to hear the prayer of any person who will 
pray, even sinners who ask for salvation before thej- 
identify themselves with the church. The other gen- 
tleman asserted that nowhere in the New Testament 
God has promised to hear the prayers of sinners 
before they are identified, or become united to the 
church, first, hy an open declaration, and second, by 
faith evidenced by works, such as baptism, followed by 
a reformation, or new life. In other words, a person 
not initiated into God's family- according to his rules, 
has no promise witiiin the New Testament of salvation 
by his grace. 

A doctrine so entirely different from that Avhich is 
commonly accepted, and which is usually preached, ex- 
cited my feelings, and I examined the subject, and, 
from the investigation I have given the matter, I have 
come to the conclusion that number two was correct, 
and that free sah-ation borders on on ideality if at all 

tenable, /vfter some reflection, 1 concluded to submit 
the matter to you for an answer through ^our paper, to 
which I have access. I read it with considerable inter- 
est. The leading articles afford much food for thought. 
And I am glad to congratulate you on the improve- 
ment you have made on youv paper in the last few 
years. You ha\-e encouraged yom- contributors to 
branch out into the realms of thought, which is the 
surest means of building up a higher standard of moral 
honesty and intellectual development. 

Yours respectfully, 

Charles Davidson. 

Probably there is some truth in both of 
the positions taken by the gentlemen to whom 
reference is made in the letter containing the 
query. According to the gospel, prayer may 
be regarded as a means, to be used by the 
sinner, with other means, by Avhich he ob- 
tains pardon and salvation. Peter, in quot- 
ing the proi)hecy of Joel as being, at least, 
partially fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, 
quoted the following words: "And it shall 
come to pass, that whosoever shall call on 
the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 
2: 21. Now, Avhile we believe "calling on the 
name of the Lord" implies something more 
than prayer, we believe that prayer is in- 
cluded in what it implies. In the gospel 
condition of pardon, we have several things 
presented to us. We have faith, repentance, 
baptism and prayer. In the relation that 
baptism stands to pardon in the gospel, if 
baptism is available, pardon or remission of 
sins should not be looked for without it. Ac- 
cording to the gospel as given us by Mark, 
the ministry of John the Baptist was under 
the Christian dispensation. See Mark, first 
chapter. And the following testimony is 
given to John's baptism: "John did baptize 
in the Avilderuess, and preach the baptism of 
repentance for the remission of sins." Mark 
1: 4 And the apostle Peter, on the day of 
Pentecost, speaking under the povver of the 
Holy Spirit, said to the awakened and con- 
victed Jews, in ansAver to their question, 
"Men and brethren, what shall we do?" — "Re- 
pent, and be baptized eA'ery one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of 
sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Ho- 
ly Ghost." Acts 2: 38. These and other 
Scriptures plainly teach that baptism is one 
of the conditions of remission of sitis. Then, 
if baptism is available, and is rejected or 
neglected, and remission of sins is looked 
for simply because it is sought in prayer, 
the general method of pardon as taught in 
the gospel, gives no encouragement to the 
sinner to esioect it. 

But prayer is to be used with baptism, by 
sinners before they receive pardon, and be- 
fore they are received into the church. The 
case of Paul affords us a proof of this. Ana- 
nias said to Paul, "And now why tarriest 
thou? arise and be baptized, and wash avray 
thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." 
Acts 22: 16. Paul was yet in his sins vihen 
Ananias addressed him. And Paul Avas in- 
structed to pray as Avell as to he baptized. 
And Avhat would we think of awal^ned sin- 

ners like those on the day of Pentecost were, 
distressed because of their guilt, overAvhelm- 
ed with darkness, and struggling against fear 
and oiDposing obstacles, but gladly accepting 
the Avord of salvation preached to them by 
Peter, they go forth to he baptized, and go 
into the water, and go through Avhatever pre- 
paratory seryice is required before baj)tism, 
and in all these services, no prayer breathed 
from the ansioiis soul to God! Would not 
the absence of prayer, under such circum- 
stances, indicate to those acquainted with 
the Scrir)tures, the Avant of an important fac- 
tor in the experiences of sinners, to make 
their confession, faith and baptism effectual 
in securing for them the remission of their 
sins? We believe it would. 

Again; there may cases occur Avhen the 
poor, trembling sinner is Avilling to do any- 
thing the Lord requires of him to do; and 
has concluded to accept the Lord's condition 
of pardon and salvation, and has resolved to 
be baptized, but uoav trouble comes, op^DOsi- 
tion arises, and Satan assaults him Avith his 
fiery darts, and he feels very weak in faith, 
and greatly discouraged. May not such a 
sinner pray? Should he not pray? And 
should he not be encouraged to pray? And 
would not our good and gracious God regard 
favorable the i^rayer of such, if oflfered in 
the true spirit of prayer? We must believe 
that an affirmatiA^e answer to these questions 
is in harmony Avitli the doctrine of the gos- 

But to look for pardon and salvation when 
we fail to comply with the gospel condition 
upon which they are offered, and reject bap- 
tism Avhen it is available, and rely altogether 
uj)on prayer, is neither Avise nor safe. "He 
that belieA'^eth and is baptized shall be saved; 
but he that believeth not shall be damned." 
Mark 16: 16. . • 

Dear Biotker : — 

Will you please explain Ezek. 36: 25.^ — "Then 
A^ ill I sprinkle clean water upon yow, and ye shall be 
clean: from all 3'our filthiness, and from all vour idols, 
will I cleanse you." . F. H. Sxidek. 

This verse is eAddently a part of a prophe- 
cy Avhich has reference to Israel's fall and 
restoration. And to get the proper meaning 
of the 25th verse, the verse upoii Avhich an 
explanation is desired, it must be read in 
connection with tlie general prophecy. 

If Ave refer to the 23rd verse, Ave shall see 
that the people had departed from the Lord, 
and that they had been scattered among the 
heathen. This A-erse reads as follows: "And 
I Avill sanctify my great name, which Avas 
profaned among the heathen, which ye have 
profaned jn the midst of them ; and the hea- 
then shall knoAv that I am the Lord, saith 
the Lord God, Avhen I shall be sanctified in 
you before their eyes." This language plain- 
ly shows that at the time the prophecy was 
written, the Jews Avere enduring the bitter 
consequences of their unfaithfulness, and 
Avere dwelling among the lieatheii. 



Feb. 15, 1887 . 

But the prophecy phiiuly shows that the 
Lord, for his "holy name's sake" (verse 22), 
proposed to bring them back to their own 
ooixnti-y. In verse 21. the Lord begins to de- 
clare his merciful intentions towards his peo- 
ple. He says; "For I will take yon from 
among the heatheu. and gather yon out of all 
counti'ies. and will bring yoii into your owii 
land."" And he continues his gracious prom- 
ises to them in the 25th verse, the verse of 
which an explanation is desired, and says: 
"Then will I sprinkle clean water \apon you. 
and ye shall be clean fixnu all your liltliiness, 
and fi'om all yoiu- idols will I cleanse you. A 
new heart also will I give you, and a new 
spirit \^■ill I put within you: and I will take 
away the stony he;\i't out of your flesh, and I 
will give you a heart of flesh. And I will 
put my spirit within yon. and cause yoit to 
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my 
judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell 
in the land I gave to your fathers; and ye 
shall be my people, and I will lie your God. 
I will also save you from all your tiuclean- 
ness; and I will call for the corn and will in- 
crease it, and lay no famine nj^on you. And 
I will multiply the fi-uit of the tree, and the 
increase of the field, that ye shall receive no 
more reproach of famine among the heathen." 

The above language is a part of the proph- 
ecy of which the text is a part. And the 
prophecy shows plainlj-, that the Lord was 
spe&ing to the Jews, and that he had refer- 
ence to a Jewish, and not to a Christian rite. 
It seems to have been a literal restoration of 
the Jews referred to, and, consequently, the 
ceremony referred to was a Jewish ceremony, 
and the cleansing referred to was a national 
and not an individual cleansing. There is 
probably a symbolical reference to the ap- 
plication of the Avater of purification that 
was used in certain cases for cleansing under 
the Mosaic law. 

In Lange"s Commentary Ave haA'e the fol- 
loAA-ing remarks upon the verse under consid- 
eration: "The immediate sense of our verse 
is: That Jehovah leads back Israel from ex- 
ile into their oAvn land, and consecrates them 
there to be a jjeople, since the punishment, 
so characteristic of the sin that occasioned 
it, is shown to be removed by the bringing 
of them again into their oavd land; the for- 
giveness of sin thereby already proclaimed 
at once eA-inces and manifests itself as puri- 
fication of the XJfeople, and the jjeople ( as in 
I>oint of fact took jjlace after the exile ^ put 
from them their old life, especially their idol- 
atry ^chapter 11: 18; 18: .31j." 

Dr. Faubairn, in liis Exposition of the 
prophecy of Ezekiel, makes the folloAving re- 
marks of the 24th A-erse of the chaxjter Ave are 
examining: "It should be noted that this part 
of the promise very clearly imfjlied the 
breaking of the yoke of Babylon, and the 
precipitation of thatpoAver in some Avay from 
its present ascendency. Xo one could mis- 
take this to be imxjlied in such x^redictlons; 

but it is only by this sort of implication that 
the doom of Babylon is referred to in Ezek- 

The text Ave have been examining is fre- 
quently applied to baptism, and used to 
prove that sprinkling" is the action of bap- 
tism. But Avhen it is so used it is "wrested" 
from its proper meaning, and misapplied. 
"We knoAV of no first-class scholars that refer 
the sprinkling in the text to Christian bap- 
tism. .T. Q. 

yofes from out' Coi't'espoudeiifs. 

"ki cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news 
from a far country." 

— Sister Emma S. Bock of the Dry Creek 
church, loAva, reports an interesting series of 
meetings, held by Bro. "\V. C. Hipes, from 
Dec. 28 to Jan. 3. The church was made 
stronger and sinners Avarned to flee the Avrath 
to come. 

— The Brethren at Dupont, Ohio, are anx- 
ious to build a meeting-house, but being weak 
in numbers and in means, ask for helx). 
Those wdio feel like lending a helping hand 
may send their donations to Bro. Daniel 
Prowant, Dupont, Ohio. 

— Bro. Moses Frame, of Goshen, Ind., 
thinks in keeping a church record we should 
not put dowai the errors of those who fall tin- 
der the judgment of the church. Let the btts- 
iness transacted by the church be properly 
recorded, but omit the errors of those Avho 
make mistakes. 

— Bro. J. F. Younce, of Edgerton, Kan., 
says that Bro. Levi H. Eby held meetings 
for them in December, preaching eight ser- 
mons. Two Avho had wandered away from 
the clitirch, came back and Avere restored. 
Bro. Enoch Eby Avas also present and preach- 
ed one sermon for them. The church feels 
much encottraged. 

— Bro. Solon Golloday, of Oakley, Thomas 
Co., Kan., writes that they have an excellent 
country, cheap lands, and a good location, and 
he Avottld like for some of the Brethren to 
settle at that point. He thinks an ingather- 
ing of souls might be secured if they had 
ministerial aid. Those desiring information 
may address Bro. G., as above. 

— Bro. Jacob Moss, of Greene, la., reports 
that Bro. Wm. Eikenberry held a series of 
meetings for them recently. No additions 
were made but some are near the fold. In 
our "Notes" in No. 4, page 58, referring to 
Bro. Moss's visit to Franklin Co., Ave said, 
"Bro. Moss and wife." Noav it so haj^pens 
that Bro. Jacob is not married, a}id we glad- 
ly make the correction. 

—The home ministers of the Saline Valley 
church, Lincoln Co., Kan., held a series of 
meetings, from Jan. 11th to the 23rd. Six 
made the good confession. The j>reacliing of 
the Word made a strong impression upon the 
people. One old man, avIio had not attended 
meeting for fifteen yeai-s, came regularly and 
was almost persuaded to be a Christian. Bro. 
J. L. Jordan and Bro. H. Talhelm conducted 
the meetings. 

— Bro. Samuel Molsbee reports some good 
meetings in HaAvkins Co., Tenn. The Lord 
blessed the good Avork, and nine souls accept- 
ed Christ. The preaching Avas done by the 
home ministry, and all feel much encouraged. 

—Bro, John Clingingsmith, of Barry, 111., 
is at present in Texas. He is stopping Avith 
Alexander Stroder, ten miles sottth of Corsi- 
cana, Navarro Co. He Avould like to hear 
from any of the Brethren living in the ad- 
joining counties. Address him at Be Post 
Oflice, Navarro Co., Tex. 

— A letter from sister Katie Shideler, of 
the Maple Grove church, O., informs tts that 
the home ministry commenced meetings on 
Jan. 2, and on the 9th, Bro. Samuel Sprank- 
le came to th